There is a Jungle if Your Framing is Right

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Konodai Jungle View, Ichikawa-shi

A friend once told me a story about the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.  Kurosawa was being questioned about the way he framed a particular shot in a movie and the questioner was reading into the framing to much.  Kurosawa, stopped him and said that he had no choice but to frame the image in this way because to the left and right were industrial factories.

I often think of this statement when I am in the process of framing an image.  Photographers are constantly editing their photographs even before they manifest themselves out of the camera’s body.  Photographers make choices, and those choices reflect the meanings embedded within the frame of the images.

I view each opportunity to compose within my viewfinder as the first step in editing my images.  What I don’t show is often as important as the way in which the objects find themselves arranged in the photograph.

This image appears to be a jungle, but it isn’t a jungle.  It is in fact shot from the third floor of a building on a small university campus.  This is what I saw at that particular time and place, fused with my mental state.

There are jungles out there where there are no wilds.


Blue White and Pre-Framed

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

If you haven’t noticed already I’m really into the color blue.  There has been an attraction to this color ever since I was a little child.  There is a relaxing element to that oceanic color.  It just soothes my scattered brain.  The color washes over my eye like those beautiful waves on the Big Island.  Ahhh blue…. in all its shades, tones and emotions.

Preframed with an Included Handle

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Exercising the Lens on Sunday

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Sunday was a bit of a hectic day, but I got a little bit of a chance to go out and shoot on my way to and from some engagements.  Japan is in the middle of the annual long holiday Golden Week, so the city is a on the empty side.  All the city folk go out to the country and all the country folk come into Tokyo.

Looking closely at some items in and around the station of Kasai.  Enjoy the day off, seek out your personal journey.

Three Blind Mice

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