NEW WORK: TAKERU KOBAYASHI FOR THE BOD EDIT

Back in 2009 I went to Coney Island early on July 4th with some friends who were compelled to witness the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Championship. Sensing a photo opportunity I went along and witnessed Kobayashi, something of a legend in the competitive eating world, and a hero in his native Japan, devour 64.5 hot dogs. I finally meet him eight years later to shoot portraits of him in Manhattan’s Lower East Side for the luxury lifestyle online magazine The Bod Edit. Needless to say he was utterly charming and I really gravitated to his tastes in music which we shared a fair bit of common ground.

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