If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura.
-- Nobuyoshi Araki
I don’t think about what camera I should use that much. I just pick up the one that looks nicest on the day
-- William Eggleston
Cameras are wonderful little contraptions.
By making photographs, they are tools with which one can express their personal taste and private sensibilities. At the same time they physically exist as expressions of these same concepts. The relationship one has with their cameras affects their approach to making a picture.
People who shoot film simply do because they choose to, and the Photo Culture of Tokyo is full of film camera users. When I meet them out on the streets I ask to photograph their camera, and usually post it here the same day. All of the photos were shot with a Ricoh GRDII. I trust that this irony is not lost on anyone.
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The rhododendron (つづじ) festival up at Nezu Shrine that’s happening each weekend through late April into May is well attended by amateur photographers. In addition to a hillside of flowers there’s a lot of action on the shrine grounds below to photograph.
Araki is the featured photographer in the Tokyo Camera Style feature of the May 2014 issue of Nippon Camera.
In addition to my portrait of him there’s a several page feature of some of his recent work and a great little interview about his thoughts on going blind in his right eye, support for amateur photographers, and his upcoming massive exhibition in Toyota city next month. This issue is in bookstores now.
Fact: Araki filled in the right lens of his glasses with a black marker himself.
My friend Natsumi Hayashi, Ms. Yowa Yowa Camerawoman, stopped by the show with a kind gift of a French book by Sophie Cavaliero entitled Révélations - Photographie japonaise contemporaine in which she is featured. I was quite surprised to see myself in a picture I helped collaborate with on page 73!