Dunking the Orange Disk Over the Keiyo

Monday, May 17th, 2010

I was fortunate to just catch the fire disk as it was slipping down to the horizon.  It was sinking fast over the Keiyo tracks, off to light the other side of the world.  It will soon be visible to my friends throughout the world as a hot orange morning.

Live up for all wether you day is just ending or beginning, for life is truly circular.

Dunking Over the Keiyo Line

Feminine Camouflage the Pink and Purple of it

Monday, May 17th, 2010

I was intrigued by the distinctly feminine aspect of this political poster.  It was covered with pink, purple and lavender patches of camouflage.  I guess it might be from the the Woman’s Party here in Japan.  Trying to reach out to their base.

Abstracted, removed from it’s context. By inverting the viewer’s view on the sign’s designed to get the people to vote for a political candidate, I hope to inspire beauty in their political constructs, and construct a new world based on beauty and love.  These might seem like lofty goals, but we as one people must strive together for a better world.  We must not let the ugliness impede our lofty goals of creating more beauty.

Seek it out, find that beauty that is out there.  Do not let the mass media tell you how terrible the world is.  Go out there and find the goodness in the world.

Feminine Political Camouflage

If I Had the Wings of a Dove

A Wrinkle in Our Sysytem

Ear Yellow Blue

Going Bananas in the Park

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

There was a little festival happening in my neighborhood.  A nice sign that the weather is warming and that the summer festival season will be upon us.  Time to grab your spare change to grab some food, and take in the delights at the festival.  Get some okonomiyaki, baby castella, and kebabs.  There are so many smells and flavors fill the senses.

Shaved Ice on a Sunny SIde Day

Eat, Nibble, Nosh

I Like Chocolate Covered Bananas

Hot Baby Cakes

Stay On Target

Hanging on Poles and More

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Tsudanuma is the place!

A good place to get lost winding thought those backstreets, in and out of the red light district.  Finding what there is to see.

Wander, Seek and ye shall find.  And if you don’t just keep on looking and searching for it.  Sometimes one must totally loose themselves in order to find what you are looking for.

Up Over and Higher

Just a Pole Hanger

Door Weed Fence Grass Wall

Lined Up for Pachinko

The Other Side of C#

Till the Juice Runs Out

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I know I should have charged those batteries before I left this morning, but being mad tired it just slipped past my mind.

I usually treat my self to a nice stroll after finishing up for the week, and before the sabbath begins.  I was walking all over Tsudanuma snapping up a storm.  There were some fabulous little nooks and crannies that need to be explored further.  I will make sure I have a fully charged battery the next time I hit that part of town.

Keep a spare, charge em up.  I also thought of bringing my half frame, but I was NAH, i don’t need it.  That will teach me, I hope.

Batteries are charging as I type.

Window Door Window

Thou Shall See !

15-5 Mailbox, No !

Hosing Graffiti Wall

Honda Gate

Stop I Will Shoot

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The first image was taken at a local workshop in my neighborhood.  I must have passed by this front a million times.  I had never noticed how beautiful and balanced the front was.  I guess the main reason I never noticed it was usually there are several cars and trucks in the driveway.  Today it was as clear as the skies.

The second image the sun was just hitting the stop sign.  You know the way light will just hit some object in the late afternoon or the early evening, this was a perfect example of that case.  I had no choice but to obey the stop sign and and SHOOT.  SNAP, SNAP went the shutter.

Both images are a wonderful example, of no matter how many times we tread down the same streets, unless we can shake of the mundane and truly see, it would be just another day.  Instead if you can beautiful enlightening moments can occur.

Door Mailbox Window Squared

Stop ! Walk ! 止まり 歩く

Pouring Out from the Heart

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

After 36 plus hours of cool weather and rain the the sun was allowed to shine down upon all of us in the Kanto region today.  We were able to open up and soak up those wonderful rays.  My plants on my patio were blessed with yellow rays of light to make them shoot up tall and strong.

This lovely weather caused me to take stock.  No matter the season, we need to find that beauty that is out there.  Open up our hearts and let all the goodness pour in, and let love flow out.  Let there be a bounce in our steps as we trod though the city.  The sky is blue, the concrete is so gray, yet this combination enlightens me.  This contrast of nature and the things that man has built only strengthens my heart and gives me the energy needed to overcome all odds.

The merging of seeming impossible elements.  They all blur and pixelate in my camera until what bursts fourth is love.  At least this is my intention.  It is what I am trying to accomplish with my art.  I do not know if I will ever achieve it, but I know it is the direction that I must travel.

one love.

Look to the heavens.  Do not try to build there, for only the spirt can truly reach the heavens.

Miami Reminder

357 Slice of Our Sky (San Go Nana)

Another Reality of Our Shared Skies

Can't Build Your Way to the Heavens

Lost in Rain

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

I am not sure wether it was the rainy, cloudy day we had today, or it is just the cycle of life but I found on my stroll back to Ichikawa station more than the usual amount of delicately place lost objects.  At the temple’s ornate gate I found a cheap but places hair pin, and a cute piggy mascot.  Further along at one of my favorite dilapidated buildings a beautiful found checkered hand towel was waiting in harmony.  Finally just before reaching the station, there was a red pen bundled together with a lost point card from the electronic store Yamada Denki.  No umbrellas today. I guess it was just the rain.

I hope all these items are quickly reunited with their owners.

Lost Hair Pin at the Temple's Gate

Lost Piggy at the Temple's Gate

Lost Hand Towel

Lost Red Pen and Yamada Point Card

Rusting Out on a Monday

Monday, May 10th, 2010

This Monday was pretty much usual, except for my best mate catching a bad cold, and sweating it out.  Drizzle came down for a little bit today on my way home, and will return for most of Tuesday.  So, my sights became focused in.  Trying to find some reason to the sometimes haphazard madness that is a Monday.

Slash It Up in Rust, Red and White

Wired in Blue

Partial Sunday

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

This Sunday has thus far been gorgeous.  The sun is high, the weather is warm and dry.  I pray that this weather will continue for a while before we get monkey slapped with the humid weather this summer.  So before I head out for the day.  These are some images collected over the past week.  A summary of sorts.  Just another partial Sunday.

Two Pokka Gloves

Got to Go, Got to Go

Benched Nero Tag

Lost Rainy Keys, Tsudanuma

Kasai Me on a Sunny Saturday

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Got to chat with some of the owners of the properties I was photographing today.  I always feel like I have been busted when I get asked questions about what I am taking pictures of.

One older lady tried to give me the chairs I was photographing.  I politely said not thank you,  In front of the rusted out stairs the man drove up in his van.  I told him I liked the old building, he then preceded to tell me of an old house in the neighborhood, which it turned out I already knew.

All and all a beautiful sunny day in Kasai.

Trio Umbrellas

Stairs to Roped Off Apartments

Tricylcle and Two Chairs

Young Tomatoes and Single Umbrella

Decaying Helvetica: TSUDANUMA

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

I came across this lovely bit of decaying Japanese Helvetica text at Tsudanuma station on Friday.  At first glance I thought it was some attempt at scratching some text onto a pole, but once I really looked I discovered that the apparent scratches were in fact decaying bits of text that spell out the the station name phonetically in the hiragana alphabet.

Fonts, the art of how we communicate with written language are beautiful study in their own simplicity.

つ だ ぬ ま Tsu Da Nu Ma 津田沼

Tsu as in TSUdanumna

Da as in tsuDAnuma

Nu as in tsudaNUma

Ma as in tsudanuMA

Rain Can’t Dampen a Fiery Passion

Friday, May 7th, 2010

The rain came back again today.  It seems like it never really left.  It also feels like the rainy season will come early this year.  Rain, rain, and more rain.  It sent me seeking cover to avoid getting my camera wet.  I got some nice macro shots of fonts and text in a state of decay from the stations today.

It just goes to prove that no matter the location, the weather, or my current state of mind nothing can stop me from taking pictures.  So, to all you out there that has a fiery passion, do not deny it.  Nurture your passions and go out and change your life.

Partial Kana on Concrete

Water of Watercolors

A Slice of G

Oxidized Moon a Rising

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

The oxidized moon rose early this afternoon.  It must have been about 3 in the afternoon, when I caught a glimpse of the metal flaking into my lens.  That beautiful moon, that should only come out in those quickly shortening days of autumn, was out and about.  Quickly dropping behind the horizon line.

Oxidized into Abstraction

JR is on the Up and Up

Southern Rose Street

Don’t Be Like the Monkey

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Letting the breeze blow though my place, I picked out another few images from my stroll around Shibuya the other day.  And always remember this sage advice.  Do not be like the monkey.

Bikes This Way, Stop Grafitti

Nine Holes, and Two Squares

Don't be Like the Monkey

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