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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I first visited Japan twelve years ago and have lived here the past eight- Today’s Mizukake festival in Fukagawa- held in a great part of Tokyo’s shitamachi- was hands down the best festival I’ve yet experienced in this fine country known for some pretty intense traditional events involving thousands of people at once.
Just how awesome was this festival? Even the Emperor of Japan showed up.
Shooting from about noon to 5pm, this was the first time in years where I ran out of film as twenty rolls ended up not being enough. In addition I shot another 600 digital snaps with my GRDII (26 shots here)- so many that the camera actually froze up and died. Off to Map Camera for another one tomorrow.