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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Tonight I stopped by Totem Pole to check out a great show by Yutaka Komase, one of Shinya Arimoto’s students at the School of Visual Arts, Tokyo.
Komase and fellow student Sou Tsukuda are putting on a two week joint exhibition entitled Shinjuku Story. The work, smartly displayed as framed 16x20 fiber prints, was quite good and with his permission I’m happy to share some images from the show here.
Stop by if you are in Shinjuku this week- the gallery is open daily from noon to 7pm until Sunday, September 16th.
The next part of the show runs from Tuesday the 18th to Sunday the 23rd.