Shuttered-up old shops are increasingly common sights in both Tokyo, and Japan in general. Unlike many other countries, however, these small operations often double as homes, so even when the business is long gone, the building itself may still be in daily use. Like the place below. A scene that explains why the old lady is present, and also her surprise at someone photographing her as she does little more than leave the house.
Archives for July 2017
Back in July 2014, I took this photo of a young woman feeding a pigeon some bar snacks. At the time, I was going through more of a black and white phase, but returning to the image recently when assessing pictures to include in my portfolio, I decided to see what it looked like in colour. Not surprisingly it looks very different. Perhaps more than anything it feels a lot warmer, which considering the intimacy of the captured moment, seems to work better. That said, I was equally convinced monochrome was the right choice all those months ago, so there’s no guarantee that opinion will persist.
The great thing about summer in Tokyo is the festivals. The not so great thing about summer in Tokyo is that it’s summer.
On a similar, summer-related note, later this week I shall be leaving the intense heat and humidity of Japan and travelling for a month, meaning the usual three posts a week will be temporarily reduced to a much more manageable one. So, starting from today, there’ll only be a new photo each Monday. From August 21st, however, the usual Monday, Wednesday and Friday updates will resume as normal.
Over on my Instagram account, I now almost exclusively shoot Japan’s faded and crumbling buildings. As subjects I find them genuinely fascinating, but aside from the abandoned buildings connection, it’s also a very different discipline to photographing people. They are all iPhone shots too. And in the square format. So it’s a nice change of both pace and practice.
Some scenes, however, are better suited to a more conventional 35mm shot, so over time I’ve been collecting (and occasionally posting) the resultant images. And below, having now accumulated enough for a set, is a small selection of them. For me, there’s both a beauty and quiet melancholy about such structures. Something that hopefully appeals to others too. If it does, the full series of over 40 photos is now on my portfolio site. More specifically, here.