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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June 2013 Nippon Camera Tokyo Camera Style Feature
You know, I’ve never really gotten the appeal of Yoyogi Park- the neighboring Meiji shrine is incredible but the park itself- well, there’s only so many twenty-something gaijin hipsters with bongo drums or acoustic guitars on a Sunday that I can take. (the actual answer is zero)
Ueno Park however, is where it’s at. Not only is it an honest to god former bloody battlefield, it’s got the Ueno Daibutsu, Shinobazu pond, and the Tokyo Shitamachi Museum. It’s also got a wide commons area which has been updated (and now flanked by a Starbucks) that holds various events throughout the year. Stuff is always going on and you get a good mix of people to meet/photograph as well. The park is on a hill that faces west so it’s always well lit, too.