The things I saw (Tokyo) #1

1It seems ages ago since I was in Japan, but in fact I only got back two weeks ago – a day at home to unpack, get my gear together, and then straight back out for a 12 day, 5000 mile road-trip around Scandinavia seems to have distorted the arrow of time somewhat – not such a bad thing.

Anyone who’s been following my blog for the last year or so will know that wherever I go, for whatever type of trip, I take my Olympus MjuII 35mm compact camera with me to use as a kind of photographic notebook. ‘The things I saw’ series has always been just random snapshots, visual meanderings – if I see something that interests me, I photograph it. These photographs act as my personal postcards and sketches, and sometimes as ideas for other shots. I wrote a lot about Tokyo while I was there, some of which I’ll also share. For now, all I’ll say is this – they do things very differently in Japan. We have a lot to learn…

All the images in this series, which I’ll gradually share over the next few days, were made using the MjuII. I did take my Nikon 35mm SLR and a couple of lenses, but these rarely saw the light of Tokyo and I returned having only shot about 20 frames on it. I used mainly Fuji Superia 400 film which was developed and scanned at the ever excellent UK Film Lab.2 6 7 8 9 10 11 312 513 14 15 164

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  1. I love the crossing images too, but my favourite has to be the mist on the mountains (3rd last image).

    I love the simplicity and timeless nature of the subject.

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  2. Margaret O'Neill

    Hi Phil,I’m only a recent subscriber to your blog and love your work.  However my Yahoo email has been hacked so I’m changing my address to:margaretoneill47@gmail.comI’m hoping to be able to receive your blogs on that address.  I hope your Norway odyssey is going really well for you.  I’m a bit envious as I love Norway.Regards…Margaret

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