For the past few months this has been a regular sight for me. Camera for most eventualities, coffee and cake to keep me awake mid afternoon and something to keep my son Josh amused/fed/thirst quenched. I will be going back to regular work from Monday and will miss having so much freedom and fun with my son. I won't miss the 15+kg of baby and equipment that I carried around on my front and back, but will miss everything else. I will try my best to keep a camera handy wherever I am in future too and even if I can't manage daily posts, I hope to make a couple every week. This week was a bit erratic and I wanted to try film again after such a long stint of digital. Hope the negatives don't take too long to develop...
I met this temple gardener and couldn't believe how hard he worked to make the temple look nice every day. The way into the temple must be 100 metres of gravel which he sweeps several times a day to make sure it looks clean and tidy. He was a friendly guy, enjoyed his job and meeting people from all countries and religions. I don't know how he managed to keep calm after seeing people walking on his freshly raked gravel every day; must be something about Buddhist philosophy. I tried my best to walk on the edge and not leave too much of a mess anyway!
I met Ichiro while walking with my son carried on my chest through the streets of Hakata. We were waiting at a crossing as I was contemplating whether to head towards Nakasu to take photos or not but figured I had already done enough walking that day and should turn back. As I was waiting at the lights, Ichiro just started talking to me and said my son was cool in Japanese. I asked his name and what he did. He said he was an actor, singer and entertainer. I took it at face value but suspect he spends most of his time entertaining women as a bar host. I asked if I could take a photo and his two friends popped up out of nowhere and joined in. I like how in Japan interactions with people are always polite and enjoyable no matter who you might meet.
I asked this guy if I could take his photo after his girlfriend almost screamed in the street about how cute Josh was and how they should make a baby. He didn't look quite so enthusiastic. They were both actually very nice and not as tough looking as the pose suggests. I asked if I could take his photo as I wanted to get one of somebody with a mask on. Masks are so popular in Japan but I still don't know if they are for people with colds or for people who don't want to get them. They even come in cute colours and designs with bunny faces and more.
I think I should point out they don't go around with samurai sword chopping up the ice cream. After a chat with the shop staff about my son who was asleep on my chest, he got it down off the wall just for a photo. Unfortunately, the bright sign confused my camera's meter a little and I didn't compensate enough for it. But still I like the photo anyway.
I just had to ask why these two girls were dressed the same. Apparently, they were going to a concert. I met other girls going to the same concert all dressed as twins but completely different outfits. I asked if I could take a photo of them together, and initially they agreed but the one got shy then said it was OK to take a photo of them walking away. Unfortunately, I had switched from using the hand crank to the Mamiya motor winder mid-roll and couldn't work out why I couldn't take a photo until they were quite far off, but I like the image all the same.
Would've preferred this image to be perfectly straight and symmetrical but was still getting used to using the Mamiyas and they are not as light and portable as modern dslrs. If only I had taken a tripod...
Was disappointed that this image is ever so slightly blurred but it's not so noticeable at internet sizes. He didn't like being photographed much and the lens meant I had to get up close to get a photo. I was lucky he didn't run off until after the shot but would've been better if I had more time to think about the right settings or had a better lens for the job.