There are few things that truly tell a story at times like a well done black and white portrait–and that’s what Tomoki Monozono demonstrates in his series of portraits of a Punk Rocker. Musicians, more than almost any other performer, keep with them stories that are clearly visible on their bodies. Sometimes it’s in the form of tattoos, other times it’s in how they carry themselves, etc. Just have a glance at any portraits of musicians shot in black and white.
Part of what a good photographer is able to do is to find a way to bring out an individuals’ personality in a photo. Tomoki does this by showcasing a number of incredibly important details to the musician. In some photos we see one side that’s a bit more tame but then we begin to see more and more layers to the person as the poses start to change, the eye contact gets mixed up, and we overall just uncover more details–which then begins to unravel a story.