This selection of evocative images taken by London-based photographer Laura Lewis is the counterpart to Gold Panda’s highly acclaimed recent album of the same name.
The pair set out to capture the rich sounds, moods and colours of suburban Japan that they had fallen in love with during a trip in 2014. While getting out of a taxi in Hiroshima, the driver gave them the parting farewell of “good luck and do your best”; a rough translation of the Japanese phrase “gabatte, kudasai”. Struck by the phrase, this became both the title and the linchpin for the project.
Shot on a variety of formats including medium format and 35mm film, the book is a linen-bound hardcover made up of 122 images on 150gsm paper.
"I really fell in love with Japan – the country and the people, their hard-working demeanour and the ever-present concept of doing one's best." - Laura Lewis
"Small things, normal things, everyday things that to us, with the time to pause and look in from the outside, showed the most beauty and gave us happiness.” - Gold Panda
Published by Self Published, 194 pgs, 26.2 × 24.6 cm, Linen-bound Hardcover, 2016, 9780957699717