Detritus 361

nice ad promoting new drink Shuchu Regain by Suntory


▶ ever had someone say “i could do that” about a work of art? this


▶ (why) shouldn’t copyright be infinite?


▶ While the production values of House of Cards are excellent, the quality of sound is no accident – check out this fascinating article about production sound on the series and digital boom removal aka busting the frame! (thanks Rene)



▶ love these glitched tree photos


▶ if you’re considering attempting to crowd fund a project i’ve posted Craig Mods great analysis before but here is another useful read: Marian Call crunches numbers


▶ Differences between eye and camera and the practical implications


“It’s possible to travel thousands of miles to the other side of the world, to take a plane, three trains, two ferries and a bicycle, in order to stand completely still. It’s possible to see something so beautiful that your hyperconnected, over-informed thoughts calm into a wordless lullaby… – that is me in a nutshell!


Monorail long exposures – Tokyo







A bit like in Osaka I set out to experiment while waiting for the sun to set, and all the best shots were from when I was experimenting – it unfortunately started raining soon after dark and the fully automated Yurikamome Line mono rail has no windscreen wipers – doh! Moral of the story – don’t wait for the ‘ideal’ conditions, they may well never occur…. but that wont stop me from trying again tomorrow night!

shot in Tokyo this afternoon with Canon 5DmkIII, Zeiss Distagon 18mm ZE and Lee Big Stopper – most exposures were around 5 seconds, although I was doing bulb exposures so each was unique…

Peace Park


It hit me as we travelled along the tramway & got a first glimpse of the dome of the building partly destroyed 70 years ago, after an American B29 bomber carried out the world’s first atomic bombing at 8.15am on August 6th, 1945. Similar to some deeply disturbing video art by Bill Viola that we’d seen earlier in the day, the significance is impossible to ignore and hard to turn away from.


A visit to the Peace Memorial Museum soon after was similarly deeply effecting – the museum was very crowded but the crowd very subdued, the displays outlining the timeframe of the event, and the endless suffering. I only took one photo inside the museum, of a piece of wall containing some of the black rain that occurred as hell rained down.



In the same park was another structure, the Children’s Peace Monument. As with the recently much posted image of the drowned refugee boy it is a sad reminder that the greatest casualties are also the most precious & innocent. “The monument stands in memory of all children who died as a result of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The monument was originally inspired by the death of Sadako Sasaki, who was exposed to radiation from the atomic bomb at the age of two. Ten years later Sadako developed leukemia that ultimately ended her life. ”


The inscription on the stone block udner the monument reads: “This is our cry. This is our prayer. For building peace in the world.” On the surface of the bell hung inside the monument, the phrases “A Thousand Cranes” and “Peace on the earth and in the Heavens” are carved in the handwriting of Dr Hideki Yukawa, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics.

Here is a short recording of the Children’s Peace Monument bell as it was chimed by people saying a prayer (it was gently raining, so the recording also includes rain on my umbrella)


One has to wonder about the motives and what was actually learned by those with the power to create such horror – apart from the claims of the ‘need’ to end the war, using the atom bomb was a carefully managed experiment, with much (in) humane data collected. An experiment for future reference? Undoubtedly.

At least some attitudes have changed over the years, as this polling indicates – we live in hope, but that hope feels somewhat tenuous when the casualties of current wars wash ashore and little is done to help or prevent such recurring horrors.


the floating Torii at Itsukushima Shrine 2


This was shot before dinner – thanks to the cloud cover there was no sunset, despite us being present just incase.. but such a different feeling to the bright grey light earlier in the day…

the floating Torii at Itsukushima Shrine 1


caught the Shinkansen to Hiroshima on Saturday morning primarily to visit this location: the floating Torii at Itsukushima Shrine… a bit of research pre-warned me the ‘floating’ aspect was dependent on the tides… at low tide there are a whole bunch of tourists walking around that huge Torii…. so we timed our travel & caught the ferry over from Hiroshima so we were there early afternoon – high tide was 2pm… And my god there were a lot of tourists, this island is a popular well-known location – its like there was a big rush on to the ferry… and then a big rush off it… where exactly these people were rushing I have no idea but any number of times I had to just frame a shot & wait for people (or people in boats) to get out of my frame! It was a grey, drizzly day which played into my ideas of shooting it for B&W… but as next few shots will show that Torii is a Torii of many moods

Osaka Maritime Museum


Osaka Maritime Museum long exposure – built at great expense but it closed in 2013 due to financial issues, its a shame I would love to see inside it… fly the drone through a broken window? hmmmm…

Shooting long exposures on the Osaka port monorail




Spent a few hours yesterday experimenting for a music video project, shooting long exposures out the front of the Nankō Port Town Line monorail – a fully automated, driverless train that as the name suggests transits Osaka port. I started off in late afternoon, shooting with Lee Big Stopper on my Zeiss 18mm Distagon but once the sunset I didn’t need it anymore… These are just 3 frames from hundreds I shot… also shot some timelapse using this technique & video, going to try similar approach when in Tokyo next week, on the monorail that goes to Odaiba



While in Kyushu we visited the southern most train station in Japan… also a little less busy than all the others too!


J character design


*love* these character designs – from a poster on Hankyu train, apparently advertising an art school #sugoi!