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Temp Drops, the Color Comes out to Play

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

The temperature has dropped over the course of the day.  By the time I made my way back to the station the wind was picking up and little icy droplets of rain had begun to fall.  No problem for me, because the saturation of the colors just soothed my face against the wind.  It made it all worth it, especially finding the Tidy Blue Niche.

Blue Tidy Niche

Patched Over Wall

201 or 202

Step Walled Door

Segmented Detail, Tsudanuma

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

A collection of some segmented fragments from my afternoon in Tsudanuma, Chiba.

15-5 Taped Up

After Glow 01

Time Roll

Exclaimed Fade

After Glow K

Sun Shone through Colored Glass

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

The sun shone high in the sky.  The moisture has returned to where it came from.  The light brightened all the land as the streets glowed under it’s weight.  I was freed from my cold, and awoke with colors in the heart.

Frosted Glass Happy Ending

VIne pon Wall

Can't Go

Wall of the Time

Under Overcast Skies

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

It has been threatening to rain all day today.  The skies remained grey and full of the temptation to let forth and dump water upon the land, but the rain has yet to fall.  The air is cool with a hint of humidity.  The skies left no shadows on the ground.  All the colors were true to themselves.  The cool hues of the concrete, the muted rust interplaying with it’s blue brothers.  All beauty, all the time.

Just another day in the city.

Watching the colors, the doors, all interacting with one another.

Just another day in Tokyo, or I should say Chiba.

What Happened to My Reflection?

Cracked Corner Nail

Hooked and Signed

Oxidizing Back in Time

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

The sun was warm, and the air was unseasonably cool.  I am loving these early summer days.  This must be what they mean by an English summer.  The sun warms you, but if you start to overheat, just grab a spot in the shade and you’ll be just fine.

In this lovely weather I strolled around some of the sleepy, old parts of Urayasu.  The little snack bars still in the afternoon.  The empty fishing market stalls, that have only a few that actually still open for business.

Time rushes forward at a blinding speed. I am thankful for the opportunities to slow down and explore.  A time to savor those beautiful things that interconnect and make up our lives.

Ever connected.  Ever rusting.  Ever beautiful.

Fish Market, Closed

5 Sign Shuttered

Awning Afternoon

Lost Love Sleeps with the Fishes

Ushi in White and Brown

Women Have Power II

Can Wind Produce Muted Light?

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

I would like to ask this question, “Can the wind produce muted light?”  I do not have the answer to this question, only that it is an interesting question to ask.

The wind was blowing hard all day today.  If were living in a house made of straw I would have had to run for cover.  The light just seemed to be perfectly diffused as I made my way back to the station.  The colors seemed more alive.  The shadows were less harsh, even though the sun was out in full force.

Awning Window Wall Lamp

Window Collage

Off the Top of the Dome

Disjunctive Pole

Monday, May 24th, 2010

It never ends. The search goes on and on.  Every time we think we reach the end of one goal, another will take its place.

Searching the world for our voice is a continual struggle.  Never being completely satisfied.  Always wanting to do more, to say more, or to push it one step beyond.

Explore our world!

Disjuncted Line

Shimmering with Green Line and Patch

Forgotten Hanger and Sobu Line

30 Degrees in the Sun

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The sun came out with a vengeance today.  After a few days of rain the mercury hit a high of about 30 degrees Celsius or 87 degrees Fahrenheit.  Not a record breaker yet, but it could be a sign of a long hot summer to come.

I was able to enjoy some of the sunshine on my face as I wandered around Tsudanuma in the long afternoon shadows of this late spring day.  Finding what little treasure that lay ahead.  Those backstreets where the red light district meets quiet suburbs.  All nestled in between the tracks and the asphalt.  All trying to find the space to breathe.

Houses in such a state of decay that no one lives in them anymore.  Store fronts so faded there is only a hint of their vivid past.

Wander, loose one’s self.

Find those treasures.

What ever they might be hiding.

Nobody is Home, I Think

Steps, Meters, and Bars

Chained Off, Break the Chains

Double Throne in White

And Then Our Eyes Met

Shooting Umbrellas in Chiba

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Rain!

Again!

I must sound like a broken record, it seems to rain so much, and it isn’t even officially the rainy season yet.  The is a beauty to the rain.  It cleans the town, it makes the grass, trees, so green, and then there are the wonderful umbrellas that pop out at the first sign of rain.

Bang, bang, Click CLICK….

here we go, again, again.

Rain Ain't Nothing to do but Smile

Walking, Cylcling all with Umbrellas

Forgotten Clear Vinyl Umbrella

Looking at Me in the Rain

Barbershop Never Made Me Look So Fabulous

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

My daily stroll after finishing up my day under the blue and windy skies was beautiful.  The air was warm as it whipped around my body.  I came across an old barbershop’s rotating pole that was no longer rotating.  I was interested in the abstracted lines, and colors of the stepped like pole.  I was amazed to discover once I got on my computer that my own self image had been merged with that of the barbershop’s pole.  I hate to say it but that Barber sure made me look fantastic.

Fragmented Barbershop Self

Lost Something

Thinking About Pockets

Rusty Nail CoCo

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#

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

Pararel Universe’s Umbrella

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

There is a place on the other side of the Fifth Dimension, where umbrellas fall from the skies.  Rain bounces across the heavens, and puddles are the links between the two.  However, for me, in the meantime, I will continue to wander the streets of Tokyo, and look for those hidden leaks.

Six Little Umbrellas

Easy Boy Meets Girl and Crosses the Street

Splat Goes the World

Rain, Raining, Rained

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Well, the rain has returned. I am not going to complain, because at least this week the rain is not icy cold and on the verge of becoming sleet.  The streets are slick and all the brollies are held over the heads of those who remembered to bring one. If you did not, thats ok, because all you have to do is pop into a conbini (Aconvenience store) and buy a vinyl one for 500 yen.

Walking in the rain, with a umbrella in one hand and my camera in the other.

Rain, raining, rained.

Clear VInyl Umbrella Girl

Micro Truck Covered in Dirt

Three Quarter's Umbrella

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

Cluster

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