Tuesday, July 31, 2007
- No pain, no rainbows
- Never judge a day by the waether
- The best things in life aren't things
- Tell the truth - there's less to remember
- Goals are deceptive - the unaimed throw never misses
- He who dies with the most toys still dies
Domestic words is simple
But beautiful sound
It's deep secrets and pure spiritual
Friday, July 27, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
1 - I can assemble lighting but don't know how to use it.
2 - Pre-photography Uchiawase (meetings) figure out the why, what and how before it comes to the when and where.
3 - There is no correct lighting, only lighting that serves a photographers needs.
4 - The reason for photographing an object is not always evident (see no. 2).
5 - Commercial photography is commerce.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Today was the final day of the summer basho in Nagoya. The good news is that the wrestler 'Kotomitsuki', a local boy from the Aichi prefecture, has likely attained a promotion to Ozeki due to his near faultless performance of 13 wins and only 2 losses. His defeat in todays final bout cost him a chance at the tournament championship, which was claimed by top ranking Mongolian wrestler 'Asa-Shouryu' with 14 wins and one loss.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
This morning a quake hit the Nigata prefecture on the north west coast of Japan. Reports are coming in now of a lesser quake that has just struck in the northern island of Hokkaido.
The Nigata quake has so far claimed 7 lives and there are over 800 injured. In the worst hit areas many houses on the same street have collapsed.
The youtube video shows reports from the T.V with amateur translations. There was a fire at one of the nuclear power stations in the area which current news reports as being an electricity conversion building on the site, and which also reports no risk of radiation contamination. The fire was put out about 2 hours and 45 mins after it was reported.
The video also shows the current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who is now campaigning for re-election. Abe visited many of the emergency shelters in the area.
17/07 am This report (in English) claims that water containing radioactive material did leak from the nuclear plant. Related reports on the site give updates.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
This morning after the storm, blue skies like I haven't seen in a couple of weeks and a strong wind all day. The typhoon is heading away from Tokyo over chiba. 70 people were injured in some way during its passage up the mainland.
I arrived back late last night after a night out with studio clients and my cameraman. The main guest was president of a printing company. Over 30 years in the commercial printing business in Tokyo and Nagoya. He said he'd like to see some of my photographs. ”まだまだだねって” (not quite there yet), he said after leafing very expertly few the prints I had on me at the time. Not enough impact for a commercial audience. The prints were from the light and dark series, and I have to agree they might not sell you a house or make you want to buy insurance.
We talked of this and that. His memories from the economic bubble era when the printing firm could charge outrageous mark-ups, and push the client to order more, and of the older techniques for printing photographs and laying out pages that is all done on computer now. He told me a joke to illustrate one point of the Japanese character:
Three men, one from America, one from Germany and one from Japan are standing outside of a burning building. There is a young child on the second floor, screaming for help.
The American says "I'll go, because it's heroic".
The German says "I'll go because it's my duty".
The Japanese man says "Let's all go together".
The point here being that in Japan, people prefer to follow the crowd/do things together.
I had one more person to add to the joke.
The Englishman says "After you, old chap".
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
In a previous post here, I asked you to have a look at what I thought might be a final selection from the many photos in the 'Place in the light' series. The responses were all great, and one in particular pushed me to work harder at making a set of pictures that might hold together both in picture quality and mood. Wonder if they do?
I think I have done well to reduce the set to only 6. I did not want to, but this has been a necessary exercise in structure as well as will power. The final (?) set can be seen in the mini series gallery at the bottom of this page.
I hope that by being ruthless I will provide a good solid base for continuing this series. Building blocks for the future. With thanks to J.S Hibbert for telling it how it is.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
I was fascinated this time as always with the shapes that you can see in the ring as the wrestlers go through the ritual motions of preparing, facing off and finaly fighting. This is a selection of some of the photos from yesterdays tournament.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
15th July - my mistake. the yukata was one bought by mitz's mum. She made her another.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
The new studio is what you imagine when you hear the word 'studio'. It has two floors, both are very large open spaces. The first has a concrete floor, white walls and silver painted steel girders, the second floor is wooden floored wood paneled walls, giving more of a homely feel.
All very exciting!
I hope to have time to take some photos of the studio next time I am there but with a series of location shoots on the cards I doubt I'll get it.
... those glasses actualy show a reflection of the main subject's face. What a find! Difficult to take even if you wanted to, and ten times more special because it just happened!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
...I have been very fortunate in having lots of free time to do much needed file sorting and throwing away. Whilst going throught the file from the Arimatsu festival (a tie dye festival), I was enjoying looking at some of the faces of the people who were either working or helping there.