Warmth and passion

Let’s not speak of love, but of warmth and passion; of a crowded city and the young looking for private space to be together. The nights are humid and hot. Pocket parks. The water. And here and there pairs. I was in the Sakuragicho area yesterday evening with camera and tripod to take those long exposures I enjoy. You can’t see it with the unaided eye, but in the distance the red haze from Tokyo ricochets through the clouds casting a heated backdrop for these young couples. Looking back towards Sakuragicho there… Read More

We are raising ourselves out from the mud: Lotus

Your body will tell you if you’ve put something wrong into your mouth. I’ve been working on these lotus photographs for a few days. I’ve been practicing different techniques to mould their mood, hand painting each each detail within each photo. Unlike food there is no primal way to know if they’re, well, palatable. So do let me know what you think . Remember, I’ve only been taking photographs since April. I took these photos at the pond adjacent to the Hachimangu Shrine, in Kamakura. The clouds were just about to burst when… Read More

A walk in the woods

I started this blog almost six months ago. A few months after I purchased the Nikon and two weeks ago I started using Lightroom. I am very happy with my progress. I envisioned a cooking blog, but in photography I’m finding my voice. As you may have notice I’m redoing my blog. If you click on the menu bar up top you’ll (eventually) get photo links to all the pages I have, broken down by category. I need to go in and edit each post to finish it. I hope to have it… Read More

Self portrait: The Distance Between Us

self portrait

    I invite you to think on the title. By distance I mean to draw your attention to that space between the camera and the subject, the subject and the entrance. I hope that if you notice those gaps you’ll think on the space between where you are siting and where I am posting this. I took several shots but chose this one because the flair and the doors were in alignment along the axis. I cut the flair in half to show two halves of the same thing. The emblem… Read More

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Yasukuni Shrine summer festival

An ode to unprocessed photographs

This image comes directly from my camera sans processing. This is from Yokohama Bay. The sun had just gone down. I had a dark neutral density filter over my 12mm to increase the exposure to 30 seconds in order to bring in the best light and remove the people meandering about. This is the result. Regrettably I forgot to bring my extra battery and had to stop just two images after — it was perfect light and a full moon. I am enjoying Lightroom for the creative control I have over my… Read More

Out of darkness

Out of darkness

On the way home from work after the rains I glanced down and saw  a rolly polly blindly make its way up a large wet brick. I reversed my lens and shot until it found its way into the soil just inches away. When I looked at the images in Lightroom I saw a creature poised between light and dark pulling its way up and saw in that a metaphor. I hope you like the image of something so small making its way up into the light inspiring.  

The Fox, part one

(The first in a series.) This is the first act of an outdoor play. This character is the fox god Inari. The audience was filled with small children. The progression shows the character as he transformed into the awesome god he represents before he reaches down to those brave young people to be blessed. (You can click on them for full size versions.)

Kids with guns

Guns are illegal here in Japan. As an island nation, they’re difficult to smuggle in. Gun death is nothing you hear about in the news. Though I’ve seen toy guns in hobby stores before this was the first time to ever see children playing with them. Oh, Japan, you have no idea what you’re doing, do you?

My home, my office, my personal space

I loved this. Parked in lush area of the city an hour before dusk this man is taking a break from work to read the evening edition of the newspaper. Where he puts his shoes tells you his attitude about his work and this time he’s spending.

Vegetable Curry, a book and recipe

vegetable curry

(recipe follows) Several years ago the love of my life, Hiro, gave me an unexpected birthday present: A curry cookbook written in both Japanese and English. Until then I had never made Indian food — curry had just never occurred to me. He didn’t know me that well at the time but mine is the personality that when I do something, I devote myself to it and so I bought every single ingredient in the index from Asafoetida to Yogurt and went to work page by page, which created some friction in our… Read More

Within the blossom, enjoying sakura

From the large tree to the pollen covered stamen, which seem to me like people enjoying themselves within the blossoms.