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Dew Dew, Dew Its

May 11, 2020 - Hiro Tanaka

an interesting coincidence led me to start taking photographs and brought me some opportunities to be on the road.
It was before I got into photography. I won a free trip to the US through ruffles at a shopping mall in Tokyo when I spent some time hanging around there, and it made my first trip to America.
Soon after I arrived in Minneapolis, I went to see a show at First Avenue / 7th street entry where Prince’s movie Purple Rain was filmed.
I was struck by a punk band I saw that night and asked them if I could buy their record, but for some reason, they gave me one and a few days later we started hanging around and became friends, eventually they brought me on a little weekend tour in Midwest.
After that, I started meeting more people through traveling and started going on tour with other bands.
One night, I was getting ready to leave for a tour in Minnesota, one of the band members came up to me and gave me a camera and told me to start taking photographs during the tour.
After all those experiences, I’ve got pushed into photography and I ended up making a photo book called “Dew Dew, Dew Its”.