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An Intimate Look At The Napping Habits Of Tokyo's Taxi Drivers

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An Intimate Look At The Napping Habits Of Tokyo's Taxi Drivers

For taxi drivers in Tokyo, a regular workday is just one long marathon of driving. When it's time to take a break, these drivers are more than willing to settle in for a comfy nap in public.

This fascinating series by UK-based photographer William Green provides a peek into taxi drivers' daily routine. Apparently, in Japanese culture, it's perfectly normal to nap in public. It's even a sign of diligence.

"I was in Japan working on a few other projects, and I stumbled upon them while doing a bit of pavement pounding,” Green explains of how the series started.

You never know when you’ll find that private moment on public display.

“I came across this one street – it’s not a taxi rank, but there were loads of people asleep. I’ve been to China too, and it seems to be a culture where, unlike the West, you’re allowed to be asleep in public. In the UK that’s only ok if you’re pissed or really knackered.”

After the initial discovery, Green was fascinated. He wanted to shoot more of the phenomenon, so he began asking questions.

“I found the equivalent of their union rep, and through my non-existent Japanese and his bits of English and a lot of gesticulation I spoke to him and carried on,” he says. “The shots from the first time round actually worked the best, I tried to go back and see if it was better light with a different time of day or sun position but I got it the first time round.”

When shooting this series, Green simply looks for the least obtrusive way to capture the natural phenomenon.

“I just look for moments and places that work, I suppose it harks back to Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moment, if that doesn’t sound too cheesy,” he says.

“I look for things that maybe aren’t in the frame. You never know when you’ll find that private moment on public display.”

Via It's Nice That

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