With sleek monochromatic tones, Chulsu Kim strips away unnecessary distractions from his visually stimulating street photography, leaving behind just the candid expressions of the people he photographs. Originally from Yamaguchi, Japan, Kim has now become an expert at capturing human moments in the urban jungle of Tokyo. As he explained to Instagram Blog, he maintains a triple pronged rule set for taking exceptional street photos: “Go with your instincts. Take lots of photos. Just keep walking.”
With camera in tow, Kim roams the city taking hundreds of photos a day. This relentless pursuit of the perfectly timed snapshot is apparent on his Instagram page, which shows an amazing array of uncontrived instances. From a fatigued woman resting her eyes in a metro station to carefree children blowing bubbles in the streets, Kim gets a thrill out of stumbling across these split-seconds.
Street photography is a tricky craft, a combination of an artistic eye and perfectly honed timing working together within each composition. However, “directly experiencing the ever-changing urban environment and the way people live” is something that makes the trade worthwhile for Kim and continues to inspire him to pick up his camera and hit the streets.