TPL: Tell us about your series and first book "Tokyoites". How did the idea come about? What did you love about Tokyo? What was your motivation to make it a book?
JC: The 'Tokyoïtes' project was born from my love for Japanese culture and more particularly Tokyo citizens, having always challenged me during my previous trips there. I took a ticket to stay five weeks in the capital from late November 2019 to early January 2020. My only motivation was to photograph the Tokyoites in their public space. Becoming in fact the main subjects of the project I understood that I was photographing their loneliness. The idea was simple, wandering the streets being present at the time, in non-judgmental observation, of what is around me. I did the editing every morning in a coffee near my hotel before choosing a spot on the map for the day. This immersion in the largest urban area in the world allowed me to take my 50mm lens to areas unknown to tourists. Luck often smiles at me, having the feeling of always being in the right time in the right place, because simply in the present moment, accompanied me all along. On returning to France, I locked myself up for 48 hours, still in Japanese time, to make a first selection. My Tokyo life routine always in mind, it was the time to give birth, to reconstruct the history that was written during the many photographs taken on the spot. The following days, my attention was focused on the construction of a photographic story served by a logical and dynamic layout to make a book of it, which is for me the final step of my work.