Here’s the next in the series, one not easily forgotten. I ran into this girl outside of Ikeburkuro Station and asked permission to take the shot. She was with a friend, and together they are/were hoping to form a “visual band” (a band where the members perform in character). It’s a simple photo but one that I keep returning to. What does it have to do with the theme of connection/disconnection? To me she is working hard to connect and, perhaps, portrays a more honest version of her internal self than many others passing on the street.
Thanks to everyone who nominated this blog for the Photobloggies. I was grateful to be nominated in the Japan group. This year they have included nine photoblogs from Japan, and several are incredible. I’m happy just to make the list. I was surprised to see Japan Window included with the “Photoblog of the Year” finalists. I’m sure that it’s because so many of you took the time to vote. Thanks very much!
Here’s another shot that I’ll include in the series (see the past 3 posts for more). People seem to respond well to this. The dust in the air plus backlighting and the evening angle of the sun made the moment.
Thanks for the positive comments. This is another from the series I’m putting together. I’m still thinking through the theme. It’s about connection/disconnection, but it’s also about the characters. I’m excited to see a set of 12 photos come together. Today is number three with nine more to go.
This is another image I’ll include in the exhibition. Looking at this photo helped me to further understand the theme I’ll work with. All the photos will demonstrate both connection and the unclosing gaps between people and others (or, in come cases, within themselves). In this case, the younger man is holding a camera — perhaps to photograph the older man — and they share a common affinity for their gadgets. But they stand on opposite sides of the photo with a gap between them that includes physical distance, age, and technology (though the younger man’s Polaroid adds a nice retro touch to match the wind up plane).
Voting for the Photobloggies has ended. I noticed two of the Japanese photoblogs nominated last year haven’t been updated for a long, long time. Strangely, both are by the same photographer, who has won the award for Japan the past two years. He’s a great photographer, but it’d be nice to see a more active photoblog win this time. [Here’s the one](http://digianalogue.com/photoblog/) I nominated.
We went to a community *dondoyaki* yesterday. This is an farming area on the edge of Tokyo very near to where our kids attend preschool. A couple of the preschool families live in the local area, so we asked them if we could come. This was the scene on our arrival. The two large piles are a collection of *daruma* and other New Year’s decor and good luck charms from the previous year. Technically, they burn them all as a purification ritual. But you could also simply see this as a community tradition with much talk of luck and health for the New Year.
I will be showing a series of photos from the event for the next few days filling in details as I go, so stay tuned.
This was my first and perhaps my favorite photo of the day. I notice the smoke receding to the right dramatically, the shadows angled to the left along with the shadows of the “daruma” on long poles. The people are dark vertical figures mostly lost in the scene except for these three in the foreground. I don’t know what it all means, but it’s one of those photos that draws me in for a longer look.… Keep Reading