Walking in the Rain All for the Love of Photography.

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Nekozane Mailbox with Bushes and Wall

The rain wasn’t suppose to come till this afternoon, but it didn’t work out that way.  I taught a small gathering of photographers who attended an UFRA workshop on creative photography.  There will be more about this class, when I get some of the images that the participants took.

It was great to walk around with them all in the rain helping them to see the wold around the.  We walked around the old part of Urayasu on flower street.  We went into the old fisherman’s home, and doctors home and had a little impromptu tour by the on staff volunteers.

The students clicked away happily and asked me for help from time to time. It was a beautiful day out and more to come about the day and the class, once I get the images from the students.

All for the love of photography.  I hope I can inspire more in young and old to use photography as a means to express themselves and seek the beauty around them.

Furukawa Home with with Utilities

Get Ya Cherry Blossoms While they Last

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Its that time of year again.  When hopefully the weather warms the days lengthen and the Cherry blossom trees bloom in their passing beauty.  I was fortunate to be out in Chiba yesterday and got to view some of the blossoms, because today the wind is absolutely howling.

Walking around watching the spring madness i couldn’t help think to myself the connection we should all feel with the changing seasons.  It is perfectly natural, in our DNA as humans, to appreciate the spring.  The rebirth of the land from the seemingly endless death of winter.

Here in Japan the reverence for the first flowers comes out at times more like lunacy rather than appreciation.  People gather under the trees and drink themselves into oblivion.  All the camera otaku (nerds or geeks) get their macro, zoom and other gadgets out to get that perfect picture.  Don’t get me wrong I love the spring and the changing seasons, but I love to photography and immerse myself in the frenzy of appreciation.  That spectacle is thrilling.   Enjoy the spring madness.

Cherry Blossom Wall

Cherry Blossom Sky Hole

It's Picture Time

Weeping Cherry Blossoms

Twin Lens Reflex Man and the Cherry Blossoms


The Other Side, this July 4th

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I am at home, in front of my computer in Japan. I sometimes feel so disconnected to my life as an American.  I forget what it means, I drift of into an ethereal world we call metropolitan Tokyo.  So I started to drift back to the 10 days I had spent in NYC in November of 2001.  Just weeks after the September 11th attacks.  I wandered the streets with my wife, brother and parents.  I was driven by my soul to document, and photography everything I saw.

I had no time to process the information, or realize the significance of my images till much later.  I was usually horrified at what I saw as I walked the streets.  The obsessive flag waving, the hatred that was swelling within the American people, was sad.  I had no time to react emotionally to the images.  All I was able to do was point my camera and “click.”

On this July 4th, 8 years later, I am thankful for the changes coming to America and the world; however, i know that there is so much more to be done.  I want America to be the country that it set out to be.  I want America to be a TRUE beacon of justice and hope for all the world to see.  The government can not do it alone.  It will take a community of action, caring, and brotherhood.  Then we can sit back and watch the creation.  Until that time.

I call all freethinkers to arms.  Let us be the change with cameras, brushes, words, code, whatever and whoever is out there to instill the freedom, and happiness.  Not as it is, but as it should be.

the other side

NYC 2001

Camera and My Friday Stroll

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

My Friday strool is a perfect end to a mad dog crazy week.

I have grown accustomed to the leisurely stroll back to Ichikawa station.

Turning left where I usually turn right.  Exploring the rust, decay and rebirth that

is all to be found in Chiba.  It is an endless palette that needs exploring with the

m2c eye.

Foot Above the Rest


Swirly Q

Dibs and Dabs

Fist to the Face

Happiness is More than Just a Job

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Happiness is what we all want.

We seek it out, we neglect our own happiness.

We all need to go out and find a tranquility and happiness.

Happiness can be simple.

Getting a roll of film back from the developers.

Waking up an hour later than usual.

Treating yourself to a nice cup of coffee.

If the simple things make you happy, think about

something that could be life changing would.

Hand Camera

Friday, May 1st, 2009

An exploration into the symbiotic nature of the camera fusing into the soul of the photographer. On the other side the expressions shows the true nature and power of the art.


a fusion, and morphing of technology into a non stop able creative force.

Camera in the Palm of My Hand



Rainy, Wet, and Cold

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Yesterday the skies darkened, and spring vanished .  The rain came down continuously from the heavens. Never letting up.  Never slowing down.  As the thermometers plunged, I braced myself for a bit of a stroll in the rain.

Rainy, Wet and Cold.


Fish on the Wall

Wet Bus Window

Lost Wet Character

the shot that almost ended my camera’s career

Monday, April 6th, 2009

This b-girl, PrettySick,  could really kick it at the Hot Wheels Jam down in Miami.  She literally almost kicked my camera out of my hands.  If it wasn’t for my brother Brimstone127, that would have been all she wrote for my SLR.  But the image is worth it.  Big ups to the Street Master Crew and PrettySick!


B-Girl, Miami 2009

The Fujipet Goes to Miami, 2009

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

The little vintage analog camera Fujipet made the long journey with me half way across the world to my home town of miami florida.  There I put it to good use as a companion in my runnings, journeys and daily life in South Florida.  The raw, simple tool leaves little between myself and my imagination.


enjoy the images taken in Miami, Key West and the Florida Keys.

Two Chairs  U.S.1.  Florida Keys


Jo-J0's U.S.1


Red Key West Living


Key West Living


Out of Blue


Coral Gables Moat


My Analog Bridge to my Dreams

The Balance of Spiritual Essence, and Martial Application in Art

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

I came across this the other day. It is a philosophical exploration on Tai Chi. Below the quote I have applied the theories to the creation of art.

In the “Forty Chapter” t’ai chi classic text supplied by Yang Banhou

The spiritual is the essence, the martial is the application. Spiritual development in the realm of martial arts is applied through the ching (metabolic energy), ch’i (breath energy) and shen (spiritual energy) – the practice of physical culture. When the martial is matched with the spiritual and it is experienced in the body and mind, this then is the practice of martial arts. With the spiritual and martial we must speak of “firing time,” for their development unfolds according to the proper sequence. This is the root of physical culture. Therefore, the practice of the martial arts in a spiritual way is soft-style exercise, the sinew power of ching, ch’i and shen. When the martial arts are practical in an exclusively martial way, this is hard style, or simply brute force. The spiritual without martial training is essence without application; the martial without spiritual accompaniment is application without essence. A lone pole cannot stand, a single palm cannot clap. This is not only true of physical culture and martial arts, but all things are subject to this principle. The spiritual is internal principle; the martial is external skill. External skill without internal principle is simply physical ferocity. This is a far cry from the original nature of the art, and by bullying an opponent one eventually invites disaster. To understand the internal principles without the external skill is simply an armchair art. Without knowing the applications, one will be lost in an actual confrontation. When it comes to applying this art, one cannot afford to ignore the significance of the two words: spiritual and martial.

When I read this, I had to take a breath to ponder it, it then proceeded to hit me like lightning. This is key to making art that is meaningful. Art that is full of love, full of the spirit. My main vehicle for artistic creation are the technological wonders of cameras. Naturally, one must lean some of the mechanical skills needed to manipulate and create images using this device. This is the “external skill” that Yang Banhou is talking about This alone can make art, but it is a construction made of only technique. On the other side of the equation, you have the internal spirit, what gives work life, and spiritual content. Like Yang Banhou says, “the practice is the application of the spiritual.” I wonder to myself, and think back my life as an artist. So long I struggled to find that spiritual side, so long I have searched, and practiced my technical skills needed to manifest that spiritual energy into a work of heart, art.

I have over the years encountered all kinds of creations. Ones that are only on the side of technique, engaging to look; however, lacking in a expression of a higher spiritualness. Then I have encountered the spiritual, and only spiritual that lacks the skills needed to fully express themselves. I myself have fallen victim to these extremes. I need, and seek out the balance of the two. The melding of the spiritual that is manifested into a physical construct. This physical construct is what we call art.

Jacob Schere


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