Houses in Kanagawa

febbraio 17, 2013

Houses in Kanagawa, inserito originariamente da Francesco Libassi.

Cliff in Kamogawa – Chiba, inserito originariamente da Francesco Libassi.

Sakura

novembre 2, 2012

Sakura, inserito originariamente da Francesco Libassi.

Dancer

ottobre 25, 2012

Dancer, inserito originariamente da Francesco Libassi.

Koenji Awaodori

ottobre 19, 2012

Koenji Awaodori, inserito originariamente da Francesco Libassi.

Don’t Shoot!

ottobre 17, 2012

Don’t Shoot!, inserito originariamente da Francesco Libassi.

Before the Dance

ottobre 15, 2012

Before the Dance, inserito originariamente da Francesco Libassi.

Running to the light

maggio 30, 2012

Running to the light, inserito originariamente da Francesco Libassi.

Golden Week Events

maggio 9, 2012

It`s been a while since my last post: I had a lot of stuff to do and couldn`t manage to sit down and write. So, to apologize, I put together some of the pics I took during the Golden Week in Tokyo.

Golden Week is a term applied to the week starting on 29th of April until 5th of May, and it contains several japanese national holidays, like the Emperor`s birthday on 4/29, the Constitution Memorial Day on 5/3 and the Children`s Day on 5/5. During this week a lot of events and celebrations occur all over the country, and especially in Tokyo.
This year Golden week was a rainy one, we got storms and strong wind until the 5th and 6th of May weekend, yet I have a chance to partecipate in some events and take some snaps.

Inokashira Park Art Market

Inokashira Park is a really big and beautiful park located near Kichijouji station in Tokyo. There`s a beautiful lake, lots of green and cherry trees, and also a pretty famous zoo. I was there on 5/5 in the morning to shoot an Art & Crafts Market that is held every year. There were a lot of handmade goods, paintings, street performers and musicians: Tokyo is great for this kind of things…and off course it was free!

“Koinobori” at Tokyo Tower

Koinobori means “carp streamer” in Japanese; are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate  Children’s Day on 5/5. This year I was able to go to Tokyo Tower and attend the koinobori event that was held there. Wind socks floating in the wind, and the Tokyo Tower, until now the most recognizable symbol of Tokyo, in the background made a great “japanese” composition.

Anti Nuclear Demo around Tokyo Tower

On my way back to the station from the Tokyo Tower I walked into an anti nuclear demo, and took the chance to take some shots. There were so many people, and they had such an energy, that I ended up shooting more than 100 pics! After 3/11 and the accident at Fukushima reactor, a lot of Japanese started to protest against the use of nuclear energy, cheap but dangerous if not well controlled. This protests, together with the problems that everyone in Japan is facing after the Fukushima leak out, brang to a big turn in the Japanese attitude towards nuclear energy, and last week the last active reactor in Japan, located in Hokkaido, was shut down.

2012 Oktoberfest in Odaiba

On 5/6 I was able to attend and shoot at Odaiba Oktoberfest 2012. It was a good way to have some good beer from Germany and to have a lot of fun shooting. Oktoberfest is held in Japan for some years now, in different locations, like Yokohama or Hibiya park, but I thought Odaiba was the perfect choice: German beer, food and live bands made me almost forget I was in Tokyo, until I watched up and saw a big 1:1 size Gundam statue next to me!

How did you spend your Golden Week? Let me know! And thanks for stopping by!

Francesco.

I was recently reviewing my shots, back from 2007 until now, and I noticed something: little by little human presence was fading. (you can see it in the archive of this blog) When I started living in Japan in 2007 everything was so new to me, so was people, that I just couldn`t stop shooting… lots of people shots, mostly useless, mostly colour.
When I reached 2011 archive, suddenly everything was B/W, and people almost disappeared: I think this happened for some reasons.

*I started a project about japanese shrines in BW, wich took me to shoot at places and times where not so much people is around.
*I started to feel at home in Tokyo, so what was strange at first became normal, so it was the people. I think this made me bored.
*I didn`t want to shoot without an idea, a project, and in that moment I didn`t have any project involving people.
*I think I felt shy and guilty, in a way, shooting people without asking for their permission.

This approach changed recently, when I started to follow other photographers blog, expecially street photographers. I got particularly interested in Eric Kim and Thomas Leuthard way of shooting, and decided to try and get closer to people myself.

I have to say it was quite difficult at first, as I felt somehow I was stealing something from them. I also got a strange feeling, as I was walking out from my “safety zone” and doing something new.

But little by little I started to feel more comfortable doing it, and I suddenly realized I quite like it.On top of that, my images started to get more heart, more life.

To actually become invisible, enter an on-going situation, portrait it, and go out without being noticed, without changing it, is quite an emotion. Yet I still feel that maybe being a part of the situation can be better than just watch it and portrait it.

I will try to become more visible, talk with the people I portrait, care more about them, and see if this gives even more life to the pictures. In the end there`s not right or wrong in the so-called “street photography”, I think, what is really important is to portrait our time, the everyday life, in the best way we can.

Thanks for stopping by.

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