Chad Tobin - Sydney, NS (excerpts from Beautiful Strangers) -
Tobin, a budding street photographer inspired by the likes of Bruce Gilden and Daidō Moriyama, was lured across the ocean by the neon glow of Tokyo in the summer of 2015.
It was there he set out on a month-long whirlwind, fuelled by the exotic and a new found anonymity only a big city can offer — a stark contrast to his daily life in rural Cape Breton.
Like a fox in a henhouse he worked around the clock, making fast friends of complete strangers in crowded streets, open parks, dark alleyways and taboo night clubs.
The resulting photographs celebrate the beauty of fleeting connections in moments of chaos and unnerving stillness, in tension and release.