Hi. My name is Stephen Lebovits and I am an ex-pat Canadian presently living, writing and shooting in and around Tokyo. My wife and I have been here for 3 years with no immediate plans to leave. While she teaches I am free to explore, investigate and shoot my environs.
I chose to call my work ‘brokenfotografy’ quite simply because:
A/to â€˜breakâ€™ has many meanings: to disobey a rule or law, to escape from restraint, to happen to turn out in a particular way, discontinuity in something and/or an unexpected opportunity that allows achievement.
This is how I live and also how I choose to create.
In the summer of â€™91 I â€˜broke awayâ€™ from my family for the first time to run free and amok across Europe with friends. Upon returning I â€˜broke withâ€™ my past for no longer was I myopically local, but rather broad-mindedly global. And the rest of my life has followed suit.
I â€˜broke offâ€™ the relations I had fostered for many years, leaving behind my old friends, making new ones while living a hedonistic lifestyle, all the while discovering more about myself, slowly fanning the embers of my personal creativity.
I â€˜broke withâ€™ tradition and married a Chinese woman instead of a Jew. Hannah is supremely awesome, end of story.
Then I again â€˜broke awayâ€™ from my family, heading for Southern California where I would be for almost 4 years, separated from Hannah while she lived and worked in Japan for two.
As you are reading this, we are back together again, living in Tokyo, â€˜breakingâ€™ all the tightly held traditional stereotypes of what it means to be married in Japan. Hannah works and pays most of the bills, while I clean, do laundry and take out the garbageâ€¦itâ€™s no problem at all and I rather enjoy it. I am free to explore my environs, do some part-time work, write and shoot.
So it stands to reason that living such a â€˜brokenâ€™ lifestyle must somehow â€˜breakâ€™ my vision of the world, and my place in it.
U b the judge.
I was given my first 35mm SLR many years ago, and it pained me to learn how to use it. Now, so many years later, I know the theory but putting it into practice still sometimes bewilders me. So, I decided to â€˜break the rulesâ€™ by ignoring them, and just shoot, shoot, shoot
â€¦ and see what becomes of my efforts.
These are my â€˜brokenâ€™ fotos. Enjoy them, or donâ€™t â€“ itâ€™s up 2 u!
Sincerely & respectfully,
Montreal â€“ San Diego â€“ Tokyo – ??