Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Early morning proselytizing


After folowing a photo thread to which people uploaded photographs of the underground in their city (here), I picked up the courage to try and take some photos on/of the Nagoya subway.

I usually hold back from taking photos of people in such public (yet private) spaces. It feels like an intrusion. Yesterday was liberating. There is a fine balance between intruding on and photographing a scene. In such a space conscious place, it is easy to tip that balance.

他のサイトである写真シーリズ(ここ)を見てから、自分も地下鉄の写真撮りたかった。 地下鉄のようなスペースではよく撮影したことはないです。個人的な所は僕にとって撮影しにくい。人々のスペースに邪魔したくない。けれど昨日初めて楽しんでやりました。よかった。

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Pink girl

In his memoirs of WWII "Slightly out of focus", legendary war photographer Robert Capa (made-up name) used 'Pinky' as a pseudonym for his then girlfriend Elaine Justin. He often refered to her as the pink girl or pinky because of the colour of her hair (really strawberry blonde I think).
戦争写真家ロバート キャパは第二次世界大戦の体験記でガールフレンドのことを”ピンキー”と呼びました。彼女の髪の毛の色であだ名を付けました。この子のピンクじゃなかったかもね。

Urban Camouflage

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Pigeon Girl

The temple at Osu Kannon provides birdfood, for which you can leave a donation if you want to feed the pigeons. I wasn't the only person watching this girl as she expertly attracted, fended off, and played with those flying rats.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New post, old snaps

Two photographs from last year of the Nagoya twin towers which incorporates Nagoya station, and the Shinkansen (Bullet train) track. Have been taking only film recently, trying to prepare a submission for this years "視点" (shi-ten) exhibition, so no daily snaps recently. I haven't been able to get the same quality in digital as I do using colour reversal film, perhaps due to the camera I am using (Nikon D70) or more likely my technique. I also enjoy taking film and have more confidence in the picture quality for larger prints.


Friday, February 09, 2007

What do you see?

While reading J.S Hibbert's blog, I followed a link to a photo page by Manabu Yamanaka. When I saw the fourth picture down I realised that this was the same photographer that is featured in a book on Japanese photographers that I picked up at a boot sale in Kanayama about 5 years ago.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Performance Art

This is Yoichiro Ando. He is a designer / artist in Nagoya, and this weekend he and another local artist are 'performing ' in the rental club and gallery space 'Plastic Factory' in Imaike Nagoya.
Ando San is, when not designing for commercial projects such as the anniversary poster for 'Loft' department store, a performance painter.
The performance took place in the first floor club space while the second floor gallery hosted a selection of Ando's private and commercial work.