Fukuoka

100 Strangers

Fukumoto san of Dep bloc's, Fukuoka.

Fukumoto san of Dep bloc's, Fukuoka.

I took this photo in January while in Fukuoka staying at an apartment style hotel next to a hair salon. I walked past one day and was interested in the owner's style and asked if I could take a photo. I used a Pentax 67 with 105mm f2.4 lens which I really love. After waiting forever for the negative to arrive, I'm glad that this image has the medium format film look I was after. There's something about this picture that makes me think of a modern cowboy stylist that's quick on the draw with his trusty side snippers.

100 Strangers

Akari in Seattle's Best

Akari in Seattle's Best

I've been meaning to do a 100 Strangers project for some time to motivate me more in approaching people on the street. I have taken photos of random people in the last year or two so might back date it, but until then I think this makes for a nice official first photo.

I was particularly drawn to Akari's fashion sense and especially her hat. Japanese people have a special way of being uniformly fashionable and unique at the same time, often by combining Western brands and items in a distinctly Japanese way. 

Day 188

Japan is the only country in the world where you can drive a Bentley, park it on the street with your Louis Vuitton handbag on the front seat, with the doors unlocked, the keys in the ignition AND the engine running while you go into a shop for a while and expect it to be there when you come out.

Japan is the only country in the world where you can drive a Bentley, park it on the street with your Louis Vuitton handbag on the front seat, with the doors unlocked, the keys in the ignition AND the engine running while you go into a shop for a while and expect it to be there when you come out.

Day 80

Biggest rake ever! (Mamiya 645, Provia 100)

Biggest rake ever! (Mamiya 645, Provia 100)

Hard work 

Hard work 

Done for the day

Done for the day

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!

Day 62

gangsta pose (Mamiya 645, Velvia 100)

gangsta pose (Mamiya 645, Velvia 100)

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.