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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While the Bessa L has a light meter readout built into the top plate it lacks both a focusing mechanism and viewfinder. He told me he estimates the focus distance and framing when he makes an exposure. Judging by his photographs, he has no troubles. Komatsu is a member of Gallery Kaido in Asagaya and self publishes an ongoing photozine series called “Finder" that can be purchased on his site here.
Arimoto has lately been working more on his Tokyo Debugger series, shooting insects and animals in the mountains and forests west of Tokyo. You can see his work from this series so far on Flickr, here. He showed those pictures at Totem Pole in October of 2013 (exhibition review here)
He told me that this series will be edited and self-published in his upcoming Ariphoto vol.5. I’ll be getting an early copy to review on Tokyo Camera Style in October when it becomes available.
My current exhibition, Zuisha vol.8 is up at Totem Pole Photo Gallery. Feel free to stop by if you are in Shinjuku- the show closes on Sunday, September 7th (open 12-7pm, closed Mondays)
On the left is the cover of Nobuyoshi Araki’s 「東京は、秋」 Tokyo, in Autumn (1984) with a picture I took at the Imperial Palace in June. One thing that I find facinating about photography is the way it’s in constant conversation with itself.