STORY Oct 16, 2015
 

Here comes a celeb!

Celeb
Celeb
I often find snap photos of celebs in street clothes in women's fashion magazines and fashion goods online catalogs - private shots of Hollywood celebs in the streets.

Just as you imagine, every one of them wears dark glasses. Of course, if they are found on a street, it will cause chaos. Also, many of them hold a coffee cup in their hand. Furthermore, they wear a large stole, holding their iPhone...

Maybe anyone can have their celeb-style photo taken under these conditions.
Born in Tokyo in 1979.I used to produce websites and sold mainly beer in a small bar, and happened to enter NIFTY Corporation.

A celeb snap shall be like this

Hollywood celebs basically show up in public in order to promote their latest flicks or flock to award ceremonies.

Most appear dressed up, looking rather sharp. You can find so many snapshots like that, but I would like to talk about snapshots in town this time.
This is how it looks like!
This is how it looks like!
They are often featured as fashion ideals
They are often featured as fashion ideals
This time I looked at magazines and online stores (like this) and found many actresses and models photographed on the streets.

I don't know if these photos are taken by paparazzi under what circumstances, but they tend to capture private moments.

Although I'm no expert on Hollywood celebs, some are familiar while others are not.

I wonder if I could be a celeb myself

I want to copy those photos today. They have certain characteristics, so I feel that it's easy to become a celeb if I capture them.
Before. This is Koga, writer of this article
Before. This is Koga, writer of this article
Judging from the horrible lunch box I ate just before the shooting session, I'm far from being a celeb.
Judging from the horrible lunch box I ate just before the shooting session, I'm far from being a celeb.

Wearing celeb goods

My throat made a gobbling noise because of the status of the lunch. Even this wouldn't stop me from wanting to be a celeb today. Please applaud for me if I ever achieve this lofty goal.

I have gathered the following 4 items in order to turn myself into a celeb.

・Stole
・iPhone
・Starbucks cup
・Huge sunglasses

Celebs who are equipped with those four items stand out. Maybe that's enough to make anyone a celeb.

Let's put them on one by one.
A stole. I still look like any ordinary person.
A stole. I still look like any ordinary person.
iPhone. Still looking normal.
iPhone. Still looking normal.
A Starbucks cup. Maybe I look like a somebody, but I have a long way to go.
A Starbucks cup. Maybe I look like a somebody, but I have a long way to go.
Only one item doesn't turn you into a celeb, after all.

Next, large pairs of sunglasses. Actually I have 3 pairs.
Which one is a celeb?
Which one is a celeb?

Granny's Keepsake

These two brand items in the photo above belonged to my grandmother.

I have brought them here as brands are closely associated with celebs. They look like something celebs would have, don't they?
Celeb...?
Celeb...?
No, that's not it. This is my granny.
No, that's not it. This is my granny.
The image of my grandmother, who passed away 15 years ago, appeared.

I remember she loved shopping and frequented department stores to buy in bulk. Granny...!

I had never imagined my granny in Heaven showed up to summon celebs. I'll put on these glasses when I feel like remembering my grandmother again.
For today I'll use the one I paid for 300 yen as a backup.
For today I'll use the one I paid for 300 yen as a backup.

Come out, celeb

The sunglasses make a great impact (I'm no longer my usual self) but only this item alone doesn't make me a celeb.

After all, one has to be fully dressed. How about this?
What? Oh no...
What? Oh no...

Such a subtle finish

A celeb, yes, I'm a celeb. I can't contain this emotion bubling up inside me.

Even so, I can't help feeling this is not what it's supposed to be. What is this feeling of disappointment?
Am I a copycat?
Am I a copycat?
Yes, that's right. This is copying, isn't it?

You can tell I'm trying to strike a pose like a celeb, but it's not enough yet.

Actually I thought it would be like this from the start, to a certain degree.

It's not enough to dress like a celeb. Maybe photography matters, too.
Here comes photographer Masanori Ando! A hunchback!
Here comes photographer Masanori Ando! A hunchback!

What matters is photography, after all.

What I aim to do this time is not to be a celeb, but take a photo of myself as a celeb.

Come to think of it, photo texture is as important as elements such as sunglasses and a Starbacks cup. Most celebs appears with a hazy background in their photo.

I threw a question to my colleague Ando, a resident photography expert at our site: "Can we go for images like these?"

These are images from the session with Ando (who actually did all the photo work).
Here comes a celeb!
Here comes a celeb!

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