Neither fame nor status matters much when you're in front of Leslie Kee's lens. Still, the Singaporean photographer has shot a number of celebrities, including Beyonce, Madonna and Lady Gaga.

In recent years, though, Kee has swapped glitz for grit in a project called "Out in Japan," which documents stories of sexual minorities in Japan.

Speaking at his office in Tokyo's leafy Daikanyama neighborhood, Kee says he is mindful of the stories behind every person in the project he has photographed.