I have always been acutely aware that some of the most beautiful portraits are taken when people are ignorant I am taking their photo.
Sunappu is a photographic series that explores the role of the camera as a source of connection, marrying an oblivious stranger and a curious photographer. Compared to the intimacy of Tasmania, one could easily reside in monolithic Tokyo without ever so much as greeting the people that live in their building. They are all connected however, by the very heart of the city, the beat of which they walk to as they go about their days.
The meaning of the term 'Sunappu' in the academic discourse on Japanese visual culture has evolved over time. It has come to refer to casual, aesthetically mundane amateur photos - drawing connections to the English term 'snapshot'. Originally however, it referred to candid photographs of a subject, unaware of the camera's presence. In the modern day where the selfie reigns as a prominent form of communication, more and more people are snapped up into the backgrounds of other's images, dissolving into scenery, flitting across countless screens. Perhaps these ignorant subjects are the future of Sunappu.
Although many will never meet, and many more still may remain completely unaware of the personal complexities of the people that surround them, Tokyo's population is indeed connected, through the art of Sunappu.
All images © 2016 Lauren Jones