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The Little Road - part 2

I'm sitting on a little set of images I seem to have grown quite fond of over the last week. The title says it all. I could end up making parts through to 19 or thereabouts but I might hold off a bit. I'm always unsure if the images are all too the same to be a little series or they are different enough. I've managed to break to usual habits so far. One is to not sit on these for half a year and procrastinate. And the other being I may end up calling this a set and moving on for fear of never completing the series.

I think the blog might just be a good place to think out aloud and let new ideas form.

The little road

I'm sure this little series I've just made will appear in B+W but for the moment I'm releasing maybe a single colour image.

Venturing to the mountains again I happened upon a little road I did not know existed. Followed it quite a way before the rain caused me to turn back (that's what happens when you carry three cameras and no umbrella on your journey :-)

I will be visiting this area again but hopefully next time it will be by bike and I will see where the rest of it leads.

The weather, if you have not guessed by the picture was wet and foggy with the whole mountain covered in cloud. At points you couldn't see beyond 15 feet in front of you (that's 4.5 metres for the modern world).

I also shot Holga and Horizon Perfekt. Will be interesting to see how the film turns out.

As usual click the image for a larger version.

 

Dirty Laundry

Coin laundries in Tokyo come in all shapes and sizes. I've seen few fancy ones and more than a few run down, barely working places. What I'm really interested in is getting shots of people in them waiting but given their size it seems like a difficult task. I hope add a few more in the coming months. Wondering if this can turn into something.

Oh, I almost forgot. This one happens to be just up the street from me. I'd been meaning to shoot it for months but hadn't gotten around to it until now.

A missed spring

This was shot on colour reversal film in April 2008 in Shinjuku Gyoen.
The image had a colour cast that I really didn't like and had proved difficult to tweak at the time. Six years later and thing's have advanced to a point where one can fix these types of issues. Lightroom seems to have outstripped photoshop for ease of colour adjustments finally. 

Huis Marseille

While visiting Amsterdam I was determind to see a few photo galleries. I had no idea where to start looking and no idea if anything beyond World Press Photo existed there. The first gallery was Foam of Foam Magazine fame. I knew the magazine but had no idea it was based out of Amsterdam. It's was an interesting space but perhaps my timing to the gallery was not a match for the type of photography that I am interested in as I found most of the work on display at the time a bit too conceptual for my taste.

The Huis Marseille on the other hand I had not heard of and stopped by as it was on the route of other places to see. I had no idea what was showing at the time nor any expectations about the place. It turned out the entire building was being used for one large exhibition titled "Apartheid & After" put together as a showing of thirteen photographers work from South Africa. The whole experience was really impressive with each photographer having a different viewpoint on issues in the region. I'd never seen a whole building committed to showing one theme and I found it a very immersive experience. I would highly recommend adding the Huis Marseille on your list of galleries if you happen to be in that part of Europe.

Below are a small set of images of the space and the exhibition.

Contrails in Amsterdam

While in Amsterdam (I'm still here as I write this but about to leave) I discovered a lot of planes leaving contrails. I'd seen this occasionally but not to the point where there were so many planes and trails all in the same place. I recall a contact on Flickr from France posting a shot that reminded me of the same and that I must live in a low trafficked area. That and the weather where I live is not as conducive to making trails.Amsterdam was an amazing place but these contrails are the one thing that seemed to really grab my attention. Rather than just try to shoot the trails I've attempted to add a bit of unique context by leaving in the surrounding buildings or trees.

Route 71 square

Just off Route 71

A shot off route 71 near Mt. Fuji. This one shot with a VERY old Agfa B+W 25 asa film. The film is so old that the printing from the paper back on the film has made a permanent mark. The negs are pretty dark but I quite like the result. It seems like an effect you'd get playing with photoshop for an hour or so but it's straight off the neg.