Shirahige Shrine

A long exposure from Lake Biwa trip:
the floating torii at Shirahige Shrine

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Road trip!

Heading off for a 3 day road trip, circumnavigating Lake Biwa…. batteries charged & TriX loaded!

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Daido Moriyama at Hyogo Art Gallery

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So great to see so many of Daido Moriyama photos printed large & in such a beautiful (Tadao Ando) space… suspect next week I will catch a train to Nara to visit another exhibition of his work…

Ramen

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Kitashinchi in the rain

Caught the train to Umeda today and then walked through Kitashinchi area to Dojima River and did some recording, as the sky grew slowly more moody… After my second ambience recording, the humidity crossed over into light rain so I took a break at the nearby National Osaka Museum of Art, stashing my gear in a coin locker & relaxing in a nice quiet air conditioned space…

By the time the museum closed at 5pm the city felt very different, with the rain slowly clearing… but the Kitashinchi area I walked through earlier was transformed by both the rain on the streets and all of the bars coming to life….

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A little like stumbling into a Wong Kar Wai film… I wandered across each narrow street, first shooting TriX with my Contax T2 and then shooting with my Sony a6300… sending 5 rolls of film off to the lab tomorrow – can’t wait to see this in monochrome!!

Favourite new magazine!

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Theres a section in the middle titled ‘adapter maniacs’ but it has some awesome obscure lens listed with example photos…. Got to love the slightly obsessive nature of it!

Three Exhibitions in Tokyo

Managed to get to three exhibitions while in Tokyo, first was an exhibition by photographer Rinko Kawauchi at 916 Gallery

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I own a couple of her books but while at the exhibition I managed to buy a book titled SHEETS containing series of contact sheets/prints

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Then headed to Ebisu, to visit the Tokyo Museum of Photography which has been closed for the last year or more for refurbishment. The relaunch & opening included a large scale exhibition by Hiroshi Sugimoto which was almost overwhelming…

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Many years ago I visited this museum and at the excellent museum shop had found & bought a beautiful photo book by one of my favourite photographers Michael Kenna and I had noticed a new book by him released by the same Japanese publisher, called In Hokkaido but when I asked at the shop they said it had already sold out… I know his books sell out & secondhand prices escalate rapidly, but the very helpful staff suggested trying the Tsutaya Daikanyama T Site book store so after a quick phone call we headed to Shibuya and success!

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I could have spent many hours at this beautiful book store… but we had another exhibition to visit, off to Roppongi to 21 21 Design Site for an exhibition titled DOBOKU: Civili Engineering

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There was a video interview playing with the rather quirky engineer who as per the photo above seems obsessed with modelling various forms of hydro dams using Japanese curry!

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This scale model is of Shibuya station, and in a way it shows both how complex and how tiring it can be to find your way around such large scale underground stations – if you don’t pay attention to exactly where you are needing to go, you can do a LOT of walking!

If you are ever in Tokyo, a super useful website & app is TOKYO ARTBEAT which lists all current exhibitions, and to give an indication of how vibrant Tokyo is, there are currently 90 photo exhibitions on! That site is also useful even when not visiting, as a way to observe & research Japanese artists…
The app is very useful as it also provides directions and map, and can suggest exhibitions in the same area as your current location.

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A similar site and app exists for Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe: KANSAI ART BEAT

Tokyo Rooftop session #2

An awesome experience tonight, doing part 2 of TOKYO VERTIGO tour – this time in Ginza

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Ginza on the way home..

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nuzic 10


▶ Ryuichi Sakamoto – ‘Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son’

 


▶ Sepia – Amber

 

 


▶ Monolake – VLSI preview (release October 7 2016)

 

 

icorgan – Memory Triggers 001′ EP – release Sept 20