..looking back at my life at the age of 62, I thought my life was something runaway. Runaway all the time runaway, runaway from my bossy brother, and runaway from family at the age of 16. I came up to Tokyo and found a job and went to night school. After that when I finished night school I got a job as a sales person and worked for 5 years selling general merchandise 7 days a week. I got fed up with it and at that time (1973) there was some kind of boom for young people to go overseas, so I followed the trend and took off from Japan to go to Europe. Then I ended up in England. I went across Siberia on train and aeroplane, so that was a kind of runaway again.
The above is an extract from the project ‘Dancing In The Streets’ - a story about the life of Koisou Matsuyoshi, A homeless man living on the streest of Tokyo, who found a calling in life through dance.
I spent 4 nights sleeping on the streets with Matsuyoshi san and the following 2 years working with him and his dance group ‘Sokerissa’, photographing their events and training sessions as well as working on this story.