It Takes Time

千代田線

Every now and then, i’ll look at one of these kinds of shots as i’m paging through “past glories” and suddenly stop, wondering ‘what on earth… ohhh! clever!’. This was one of those.

Oh, and look at the light that is parallel to the top of the frame. Not a very smart way to try to get things level / square. Live and learn.

The Lone Man

‘Lone salaryman’ shots, with a film noir look are another part of the repertoire that i’ve picked up from Sean Wood. It’s good to have creative friends. All that said, i don’t think he’d have taken the shot this way… so while the theme might be “borrowed” the execution feels very me (for good or bad, i still can’t say…)

お台場_22-09-09

Sean and i have had an interesting time giving and taking inspiration. I’d like to think that it made both of us better photographers, but even if it didn’t i got a lot of enjoyment from shooting together, and even more from discussing the results over a beer!

This one is another from 2009 (still a good year) and was taken in Odaiba, probably around one of the big wedding hotels.

Wonderland

Another chance to lax wyrical about the joys of photography in Tokyo. I’ve probably said it all already, but it really was the great photographic city of my life (“so far”, he muttered hopelessly…) The density and craziness of the non-planned sprawl, the completely mind-numbing overload of signs, signals, noise, directions, distractions… it all adds up to a wonderland of alice like proportions.

両国

Was apparently taken in September of 2009, in or around a place labelled ‘両国’ which is now unreadable to me, but looks suspiciously like the area where the sumo happens… just looked it up: Ryougoku, where the sumo happens. How about that.

Architectural / Cultural Sensitivity

This is from a trip around Europe that resulted in rolls of film. In fact, so many rolls of film, that i don’t think i’ve ever taken the time to look through all them properly. Certainly not the vertical ones!

London

Someone will be along shortly to inform us of the precise location…

I find it pretty difficult to reconcile this kind of “aspirational” (puke!) architecture with the reality of London. Maybe it’s my disconnect, and in fact the whole island is drifting slowly toward florida…