Shrine with Origami Cranes

Origami Cranes at Shinto Shrine
Fuji NPH 400 // Mamiya 7 // 43mm // Tokyo, Japan. 2016

Colourful collections of origami cranes are often found in Shinto shrines around Japan. The Japanese word for crane is tsuru.  The crane is a symbol long life, happiness, peace and good luck. In Japanese folklore, the crane was thought to live for a thousand years, which is why it’s a symbol of longevity.

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Salmon Arm, British Columbia

 

I had a few very old rolls of Ilford film. They were from a batch I’d purchased around 2011, before my basement cold-room was hit by the 2013 Alberta flood. I knew they’d be in rough condition having been through nature’s wringer. Adding insult to injury, I’d left them in the car over night in very hot weather. Yet, looking at the results, I gotta say: These are coooooool! The grain, fogging and generally cruddy looking negatives have character — at least to my eye. I have one more roll of the Ilford Delta 3200 that still needs developing, so I’m pretty excited to see what’s on it.

The Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree in Sumida, Tokyo
Fuji NPH 400 // Mamiya 7 // 43mm // Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. 2016

I wanted a shot of the Tokyo Skytree. But I wanted a shot that would include both the sky and a real tree. In the park on the opposite side of the Sumida River near the Sumida River Boat Terminal — where you can board a water bus — I found an angle I liked. The real tree dominates the frame, making the Tokyo Skytree look very small. In reality, the structure is  634 m tall. That’s taller than the CN Tower. In fact, it’s the second tallest free standing structure in the world.

Flowers and doggy

Fuji NPH 400 - Mamiya 7 - 43mm - Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. 2016
Fuji NPH 400 // Mamiya 7 // 43mm // Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. 2016

The joy and pleasure of street photography is in finding little scenes that are usually overlooked by passersby. This urban micro-setting captured my attention while wondering the streets of Tokyo, Japan in May. The cluster of flower pots and the cute, diminutive statue of a dog, arranged on one side of the concrete dividing wall evoked in me a curiosity about the person who created it. Did he or she have a cherished pet, now passed away, for which the statue is a tribute? Or are the flowers simply a way to brighten the entry to a rather dull, urban dwelling?