Posts Tagged ‘photography’

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If there’s one thing I hate about blogging, then there’s probably a bunch of other things too. My main bugbear is the continual need for new content. Blogs are hungry beasts. Much of what gets written is ephemeral and has a short shelf, no matter how much time you spent on it. With that in mind, I planned a series of ‘best of graffiti living’ posts with curated links to evergreen content from the archives on particular themes. Then I read my blog and realised that most of it was shit.
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This is my absolute favourite shot of Japan. I took it whilst wandering the streets in one of the wards of Tokyo. Whenever I look at it, I’m right back there. It’s not about tourist attractions or national monuments; it’s about real life and real people. I didn’t know the beautiful woman, she was just there when I turned round and put her bags down for an instant before crossing the road. I wanted to tell her story.

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This is a picture of the Children’s Peace Monument, taken on the grounds of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. When I was younger I folded paper cranes that were sent here and displayed as a symbol of world peace. Years later, it was very moving to pay my respects in person, and to see with my own eyes the overflowing glass cases where cranes from children all around the world are on display.

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This was taken from a speeding Shinkansen. Probably about to stop in Akihabara – I can’t remember! I love it precisely because it’s such a random image, and I couldn’t have possibly taken it if I’d deliberately “tried to”. I only got it by taking shots at random as we whizzed passed different stations and my camera’s batteries kept running out or falling out of the camera.

Snapshots of Japan - Kamakura

I spent hours trying to photograph the famous Buddha statue in Kamakura. Eventually, I gave up. This is one of my failed attempts.