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Fragments of TokyoWhat a week! Last night we took the exhibition down, packed it all up, and went home… after a few beers.

It has been a great experience, and good to have so many people turn out. Don’t really know how many people we got through the door.

On the three days that i was there, there wasn’t a quiet moment… actually, around 6:30 last night, watanabe-san and i were the only ones in the gallery, we both thought it was all over. The relief was cut short by a couple of swedish photographers that we’d met in Golden Gai the night before, followed by a posse of drunk Mg’ers.

I’ve learned a couple of good lessons: everybody likes different shots, you have to get over all ideas you might have about which ones will be popular; pulling a series out of the mess on flickr, getting a consistent set of shots, really helps you see them for what they are; talking to people about photography for hours several days in a row takes it out of you!

The show as a whole came together really well. Even though we worked from a very loose theme, the four sets of pictures worked well together. That was luck, as we certainly didn’t plan it…

Wouldn’t say that, right now, i’m looking forward to doing it again, but give a few months and that’ll probably change. It’ll certainly be nice to get out there and shoot again without having this hanging over me.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the show, especially all of the friends who came along to support and helped out in so many ways. Love you all.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, i’ve posted my shots on the Magnesium site. Will have to see if the others are going to do something similar. If so i’ll send out links.

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New Magnesium Post: Izu Tripping

My second piece for Mg is now live. Brett dreamed up some text for me. He’s a very talented chap. The words flow out of him like honey slides… obscure reference for the day.

It has been good having another outlet for these photographs. Flickr is oriented toward the individual shot, and when you work on a series, it tends to get lost in the noise. This is especially true, if, like me, it sometimes takes a couple of years to feel that something is finished!

The shots in that piece were shot over a period of a year and a half. They’re all taken through train windows when going or returning from diving. Izu looks rather neglected these days, like an English seaside town, but with lush vegetation, torrential rain, and bamboo. Even though i obviously don’t remember it when it was a series of flourishing hotspring resorts, it evokes a feeling of nostalgia. Nostalgia, which is obviously fake, and therefore manufactured, or ‘falsely recovered’. If you know Izu, i hope it does something for you…

And, yes, the day that it hammered down with rain lead to some really memorable diving!