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
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
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.
These photos are meant for sharing. By all means, re-blog away. Clicking on the images will present you with a version 900 pixels wide to further enjoy.
This was being shot by a visitor from Thailand- the K1000 is known as THE ubiquitous student camera seemingly everywhere in the world but one that’s somewhat rare in Japan. Indeed, the only ones I’ve ever seen in Tokyo have been around the necks of foreign visitors. For whatever reason Japanese student cameras are usually Nikon FM2s. Can’t go wrong with a solid Pentax like this, though.
I have over a dozen rolls of film to develop from today and at least a dozen camera shots for this blog which I’ll be posting over the next week. Not bad for about three hours of shooting. There’s some real treats on the way- Tokyo Camera Style is almost five years old and I still can’t believe some of the gear I see out being used here…
The best shooting today in Asakusa might be a few blocks East of Sensouji temple away from the touristy hustle and bustle, and on the more local backstreets that lead into Yoshiwara. There’s a lot if men hanging around for the Gesisha who work here to step out onto the streets.