#WhoIFollow: Tokyo’s @10_ya

In the #WhoIFollow series, we ask Instagrammers to share their favorite people to follow. For more photos and videos from Tomoyasu and his favorites, follow @10_ya, @iamnocco, @sfurusho, @chrisozer and @jasonmpeterson on Instagram.

Tokyo Instagrammer Tomoyasu Koyanagi (@10_ya) developed his own photographic skills by being conscious of simplicity, naturalness and lighting. “When I shoot photos, I try to take out everything that’s unnecessary and capture the image so that anyone can understand my story by seeing that one single photo,” he explains. “I try to visualize what I am seeing in black and white in order to focus on the light and shadow.” Whether it’s a rainy cityscape, a vast grassland or his friends, Tomoyasu always strives to capture the truest, most beautiful moment of the world he sees.

Despite his talent, Tomoyasu did not take up photography until he first got his iPhone a little over two years ago. He initially found Instagram useful for the filters it offers, but he soon became fascinated by the global creative community forming on Instagram. “When I started using Instagram, there already were a bunch of active photographers, and I was just amazed,” he says. Since then, Tomoyasu has also come to enjoy the interactions he has on Instagram, even going out far to scenic areas to shoot photos and meet with other nearby Instagrammers.

Tomoyasu finds inspiration from Instagrammers who have a completely different style than his, but who still embrace the elements important in his work: simplicity, naturalness and the balance of light. To tune into some of Tomoyasu’s favorite people on Instagram, follow these great accounts:

  • Nocco (@iamnocco) – images filled with nature using soft, warm colors
  • Souichi Furusho (@sfurusho) – minimal images created by light and shadow
  • Chris Ozer (@chrisozer) – American photographer who is one of Tomoyasu’s first inspiration on Instagram
  • Jason Peterson (@jasonmpeterson) – another one of Tomoyasu’s early inspiration who captures dynamic images in black and white