Encounter|Shu Ashizawa & Mana Kogiso

Encounter|Shu Ashizawa & Mana Kogiso




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No.281 “I can fly”

dress stylist’s own
dress and top by SARA TAKAHASHI, shoes stylist’s own
skirt, shoes and belt by DIESEL, top and bustier stylist’s own

Photography by Shu Ashizawa at S-14
Styling by Mana Kogiso at io
Make up by Yukako Morino at Perle Management
Model by KOKO at BRAVO models

Shu Ashizawa/Photographer
(Tokyo based)



Since I wanted to take pictures that were exciting and “throbbing” with a child-like feeling, this theme fit very well and was something I could enjoy facing to.
I was surprised when Kogiso told me at our first meeting that she wanted to shoot a photo of a model flying in the sky, but together with Morino, the hair and make up artist, we discussed many times and came up with a way to shoot without using compositing.

I also like the simplicity of the storyline.
“Sometime you try your best and things don’t go well, but try again and end up with a smile on your face!”
This somehow embarrassing simple message is just right to me now.

Mana Kogiso/Stylist
(Tokyo based)

「Fly to the dreams(夢に向かって飛ぶ)」

「やっぱり飛べるよ。I can fly」と言っていたら、カメラマンの周さん、ヘアメイクの森野さん、モデルのKOKOさんが一緒に物語を作ってくれました。

I can fly.
Yes, we can fly to our dreams.

When we were a child, we believed that “We could fly”.
Now we became adults, got more “important things”.
“Sky” has gone away and became “something close by”.
I have grown up, but…

After I kept on saying “I can still fly”, photographer Shu, hair and make up artist Morino and model KOKO helped me to create a story.

I have a future that I want to fly to, and a dream that I definitely want to achieve.
So, I will fly.
I can fly.
Yes, we can fly to our dreams.

left single earcuff by CRITICAL : LAB, right single earcuff by SHISUI, jacket, top and gloves stylist’s own
dress by DREAM SISTER JANE, bodysuit by MAISON J.SIMONE, skirt by THE KEIJI, shoes stylist’s own
dress by SIIILON, trousers by DIESEL, shoes by GROUNDS, shirt and rings stylist’s own

Shu Ashizawa:

A photographer based in Tokyo.
She works in fashion, beauty and many other fields.
She specializes in modern, pop and positive photography that combines both an adult woman’s and a boyish perspective.

Mana Kogiso:

A stylist based in Tokyo.
Starting her career as a magazine editorial assistant, she became independent in 2008.
She specializes in free and colorful styling filled with love of fashion.