Shonan

It was about to become another lazy weekend which I was not going to get much out of. In the early afternoon on Sunday, I packed my camera in the bag and headed for the train station. Switching trains, and onto the tram by the sea, I walked in the seabreeze, a milvus’ familiar voice as it circles over head, to the break of waves in Shonan.

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Instead of crossing to the big island of Enoshima, I walked along the beach, towards Koshigoe.

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And again onto the tram, then off at Hase. Walking rather aimlessly, I came up towards the temple where the large sitting Buddha is on the hill. But the gate was already closed, it got very dark towards 5pm and it started to drizzle. Not that I was particularly keen on seeing the statue again, but it was more like a mandatory stop in this touristy region.

The red tail lights of the car fades into the dusk. The sea reflects the smooth cloudy sky. I can’t help noticing the influence the exhibition by Michael Kenna has had on me since hearing him talk of his works last weekend. I even brought a tripod with me in readiness of taking some long exposure shots of the landscape. Maybe I can come back on a rainy day. Even better still, maybe I should get myself another roadster, drive down the coastline to here, and either tram or bring out a folding bicycle, to cover the area for the day. Yeah, maybe…

Roppongi

How time flies; is it already coming to the end of October? Can you believe that? It’s been already 3 months since I came to Tokyo in mid-July. Since then I had a month of living in hotel rooms, then off to Sydney for a couple of weeks, but now this is my base, Tokyo. It hasn’t really gotten a part of me yet, but it’s getting there. Today, on a sunny Saturday in early autumn, I went down to Roppongi following my bro’s suggestion. We checked out kids and young girls in Halloween costumes, and enjoyed the slow day.

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Starting from Roppongi Hills, we walked down to the new-ish, The National Art Center Tokyo and its really beautiful building inside out, then back through the Hills, I walked to Azabu-Juban station to catch my train back to my flat. Big thanks to my bro for coming up with this idea, showing me a few ‘only locals know’ kind of places from the time he used to work just around here, and a bit of chit chat over walk, coffee and a beer. Great day!

BCTION

I heard about this through an article posted on Facebook. Some group of visual artists got together to create a bunch of installation works in an office building that is scheduled for demolition. They basically got a permission to use the entire building, 9-floors of it, and over 50 artists spread their wings in there to create something pretty funky.

BCTION is a word created to mean something that comes after Action, after A comes B, hence Bction… Action x Action leads to BCTION. Their desire is to draw attention to the ‘dead space’ in the urban environment, with spin-off works spawning up across the globe, such that those abandoned buildings often seen in SE Asia, for example, may see the light of day, while inspiring people to feel more, think differently.

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Ryoja-sai Festival

I recently moved to Tokyo. Today there was a big local festival in town. After the haircut, there was still buzz in town centre, so I pulled out my Fuji and walked among the sweaty guys (and girls) to capture their energy and emotions.

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There are 30 odd images. Just sit back and check out one image at a time, if you will. Please do leave a comment, at the end of the article, or on the Facebook page. I find it really encouraging. So… don’t be shy!

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In Istanbul

Istanbul - shoe street

Yes, I am on a week holiday in Istanbul. It is a beautiful place with people with great sense of hospitality.

I’m posting some of my photos on my ‘travel blog’ as usual, so please check them out!

Istanbul posts in my travel blog

Oh, by the way, I was planning on visiting Israel next week, but due to unstable situation here it has been cancelled. I will be in Tokyo from early next week!

Sunday photo walk: Carlton to Fitzroy

Sunday walk: Carlton - Fitzroy

My friend and I went out for a lunch for the first time in ages. After a good brunch on Lygon street, we walked around town a bit, catching up on things that have been happening in our lives. It was a cool and humid day. A bit unlike Melbourne, almost, but it was quite a pleasant day for it…

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I stopped worrying about techniques, and let the intuition drive my framing.

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In this lovely art-inspired part of Melbourne, some things remain the same but new changes are also noticeable. It is a shame that the big wall full of grafitis on Rose St were brought down giving way to yet another multi-level apartment building.

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grafiti off Gertrude St

 

This art, just off Gertrude St, was still intact. While many very high quality pieces of work in public get damaged by those tasteless graffiti artists with no respect, it is nice to see that this one, that has been there for ages, is still pretty much how she has always been.

Melbourne Skyline

You would know it if you are following my Facebook page or are used to seeing my images from 20 years ago, but I love photographing the dynamic, subtle, graceful and amazing colours that spread across the sky. Here in my apartment just outside of the city of Melbourne, I often photograph the sky above the CBD, from the small light window in my back room. Let me share some of my favourites, some recent, others not so recent works of mine.

stormy sky Saturday 30 June 2012

stormy sky Saturday 30 June 2012

Monday 8 October 2012

Dusk Tue 15 January 2013

Sunrise Fri 18 January 2013

Sunset 19 Dec 2011

Discharge

January night

dusk Fri 7 March 2014

Sunrise Thu 13 March 2014

Saturday 15 March 2014

Saturday 15 March 2014

Sunrise Fri 21 Mar 2014

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Sunrise Fri 21 Mar 2014

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Morning 23 March 2014

Earth Hour

I would love to continue building a series of images and present in an exhibition environment of some sort. At the same time, I also love photographing people and the art works… lots of ideas of where and what to exhibit in the near future!

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