black and white

Hot Hot Walk in Ichikawa

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The temp was climbing as the sweat dripped slowly down my brow.  Still I had to stop and click of some.

Click Click

wipe wipe

drink drink

repeat as needed.

Wheel, Air Conditioner, Menu

Its an Adjustment

Kanji Play

Brick by Square by Rectangle

Heart Circle Fly Spiderella

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Rain and rained it did today.  It poured so hard that I couldn’t see out my window.  I do like the rain, as long as I am not caught in the middle of it.  I saw a common species that inhabits the streets of Tokyo after a big storm.  I have named this species the “Spiderella.”  They can be found by the side of the road, sprawled out soaking up the sun after the rain stops.

The Pure Heart, Lost for Now

Taking Flight into the Self

It All Comes Back Around


Blue Orbs in the Rain

Friday, June 18th, 2010

That rain is falling, the blue orbs of energy are flowing.  The thin door and the mailboxes keep on rusting.  The island to nowhere just is sitting there.   Holding that umbrella high and waving to a loved one on a train platform.

The whole world just seemed to take a pause to pull out heir collective umbrella and in vain try to keep dry.

Four Blue Years Ago

Trio Umbrella

Fence Thin Door Mailboxes Unbrella

Saying Goodbye

Island to Nowhere

Poor Jonah

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

“Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” Jonah 1:17

Poor Jonah spent three nights inside the great fish.  What amount of faith it must have taken to survive that ordeal.  Keep up the good spirits.  Do the good works.  Strive to survive in this crazy world.

Poor Jonah

Lost Magic Tape Sole

Lost the Ring

Technique, Number it is

Random Thoughts of a Summer Day

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The sun shone high for a little bit today, but soon to the relief of many the clouds rolled in and the light dimmed.  The tones, and hues really began to pop.  The shadows lengthened as the sun began to set.

A lovely early summer day.

I hope we have more like today before the terrible muggy rainy weather hits.

Think positive thoughts, and enjoy the bounty of summer.

Rusted Corner of Our Day

Yellow Path to Your Dreams

Half a One and Zero

Buttons of Mt. Fuji and a Little Monocrome

Monday, June 7th, 2010

A slice of oddness from the wanderings on the edge of Tokyo today.

Another found image of Mt. Fuji.  I am starting to come to grips with the Japanese obsession with the dormant volcano.  A lost idol that no longer has it’s idolater.   A fraction of an image that only reveals its self in the past.

Found Mt. Fuji

Lost Idol

Fraction of It

Rest Up and Give Thanks World: Friday Squared

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Another end to a hustling work week has come again.  I like to end my end of the week with a longer than usual stroll around the stations, and on my journey back to my home.  It sets me off in the right direction as a transition between the week and the rest on the sabbath.

I am thankful for all the beauty I get to bear witness to on a daily basis.

Rest up and give thanks world.

Ain't Nothing but Shirai's House

All Wires Lead to Chiba

Up the Down

Post Box Lattice

Fragmented into it’s Elements, or Not?

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

All of life we seem to separate and fragment into their individual elements.  We try so hard to distinguish between, life, work, and our spiritual pursuits.

The way I see the world though my lens, is that the elements are fragmented, but only because we choose not to see the way in which they are all interconnected with everything else in our life, and the world that surrounds us.

All the fragments merge together to create the collage that we all assemble as individuals called life.  These bits and fragments form the synapses of our being.  As we step though the world new ones are created while some decay into forgotten memories.

fragmented, divided, or collaged?

We must choose how we will view the world.

Can't Stop Art, Version III

Urbanized Tree

Red Ku

Smiling at the Concrete

Slash Slashing Slashed

Thinking About Summer

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

It is cloudy and they say snow, and icy rain is on the way.  Thinking back to the long walks in summer.  To walking until my feet burn.  These are both from Yurakcho just behind Ginza.

Corner Ramen Shop, Yurakcho

Layers Under the Bridge, Yurakcho

Are Pixels Just Silver Halide with Ones and Zeros?

Monday, February 8th, 2010

After hearing the news that Fuji Film will cut quite a bit of its 120 product soon has caused me to think a lot about the digital age of photography that we all find ourselves in these days.  Even the simple notion of a digital photograph, can it still be called a photograph?  Does it really matter in the end, if the artist is happy with the image that he/she has created is that all that is of artistic concern?

Photography in its early days really has a science more than an art.  The photographer needed knowledge of chemistry and the physical properties of light in order to create images. Nowadays, that knowledge has slowly been eroded to the point that it no longer really matters.

You just press the button and, BING, you get an image.

Im old school, but I do love my new school digital tools.  I want to be free, to pick and choose the tools that are best for that moment of expression. Many argue and talk about analog vs digital.  I don’t see it that way.  I see that the digital and the analog both compliment each other.  In the hands of an artist they can allow creations of new work that have yet to be expressed.

I will tweak away to my hearts content, for that struggle to find out more about myself, and the world within we all dwell.


Corner Sliver, Out to the Sea

Void it is Not

Photography by Any Means Necessary

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Been going though old negatives today.  So many rolls that have been shot over the years.  Light that has inscribed on to bits of celluloid memories.  Sheet after sheet of film of hand developed black and white.  I long to go into the darkroom again.  For now I have to be content to keep on clicking and expanding the medium that I love best.  Photography, by any means necessary.

Urban Stacking, Tokyo, Ninjyocho

Door and WIndow, Ninjyocho

Umbrella and Scribblings, Yurakcho


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2 : absolutely needed : required

No Longer a Tokyo Disney Virgin

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

I have been living in Tokyo for um, about 10 years.  I can see Tokyo Disney land from my home.  I have watched endless streams of visitors step on and off at Mihama station to go there.  Yet, I have never been.

We decided that we should go, and see what there is to be seen.  And try to get more of a handle why so many are obsessed with everything Disney.

Mass of humans melting in the sun when we passed the gates at about 3:30pm.  The sun was beating down, the heat rising from under the rubber soles of our sneakers.  We headed into the jungle.

As I was flashing back to 19 years ago, the last time I went to a theme park, I was amazed at the way people just trooped about.  The artificial cleanliness of the park. Trash was constantly being picked up. Of course when I was a kid we ran like bandits all over the park(s).

I did enjoy my day. I was a bit overloaded with sensations, but I know thats why people go there.

Heat Flash Earth

Out of the Light

On the Go

Umbrella Day

Portrait of a Portrait of a Character with Two Ladies

Photo Spot

Going Back to Key West

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

It has been 3 months since I walked down Duval Street with Jerry.   A beautiful breezy day in the most south one can get in Florida with out hopping on a boat.  The boom of bass coming from a convertible.  The lazy breezy days on a patio with paint slowly peeling away.  The picket fence that is slowly dissolving to gray.  The bicycle that floats from up above.   I miss you Key West.

Gray Picket Fence

Rolling Down Duval Street

Front Door Wild

My Porch, No Tresspassing

Bicycle on a String

Two Tone View of Miami, 2009

Friday, March 6th, 2009

 was fortunate to travel back to my hometown of Miami, Florida in the 2nd half of February this year.  A long journey for my soul which I tapped into with my camera.  These first selection of images highlight the monochromatic view though the Contax T3 35mm camera.  A always there will be more to come.


Reaching for Sky II

Reach the Sky II


Tree, Cellphone, & Wall

Tree, Cellphone & Man


Rims, South Dixie Hwy

Rims, South Dixie Highway

Palm Tree Wires

Palm Tree Wire


banana frame

Banana Frame, Out the Porch

Pleasure in the little things…like dropping of a roll of film

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Life is simple. It is full of little pleasures. I am a uncomplicated person. I am amazed when bits of frozen water magically fall from the sky. So, today, as the rain comes down, and humidity rises. It was a pleasure to wander down the street here is Tokyo to my local developing corner store. It really lies on a corner too. And drop off a roll of 35mm film for processing. The owner of the shop is my main man. He never argues with me and tells me things that i cant do. he always is there listens and does a great job. I wish there where more people like him in the world.

Happiness does come from the most urbane sometimes. Today it was browsing though black and white images from a fresh shot roll of analog film. Sweet, isn’t it?




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