The Fushimi Inari shrine is an impressive place literally covered with massive orange shrines (and covered with tourists as well). When we went there, we half deliberately took a wrong turn and ended up walking a narrow dirt path into the woods for a couple of hours. In several places along the path were fantastic shrines to the fox protectors or Fushimi Inari. A multitude of small Torii with these male and female fox statues wearing red aprons. This is my best approximation of what these felt like.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Ultramax 400
Unsurprisingly, one of the things that’s great to shoot with the XPAN is wide buildings (when you can back enough, that is, 45mm is no wide angle…) This one was shot one dreary morning in Warsaw, I don’t even remember the place or where it was, but looking back on it, it’s a nice architectural horizontal, I think.
*The Colonel’s Parking*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Fuji Superia 400
Did you know that KFC was one of the most if not the most successful restaurant chain in China ? I could never eat the stuff, I find it vile, but the Chinese love their food fried… Anyway, I felt that beyond the parked bikes, the KFC made the shot.
Shinjuku’s red light district really has that « where the hell am I » vibe. It’s not so much that the kinky stuff is overt, it’s that everything is weird. There are robot shows advertised everywhere (not sure I want to know what that is) and some of the displays (like this one) are really strange… Talk about lost in translation…
*Senso-ji at Night*
Sneso-ji at night was all it was supposed to be and more. But I had to try this one over ten times to get a decent result : long exposures theoretically erase people in front of you from the picture… except when they stand still for minutes on end in front of you to take photos. I can’t blame them, I was doing the same !
*Expired Dawn in Paris*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Ultramax 400 (Expired)
Shooting expired film is a crapshoot. You never know what will come out of it, and you can get wonderful results, or entirely useless shots. It’s especially true with colour film. This photo of the Parc Monceau at dawn came out real nice, with lovely warm colours.
In the Shintoist shrines in Kyoto (and, I’m assuming, elsewhere in Japan) there often are these beautiful little basins with wooden ladles in front of them that worshippers use to clean their hands. When I walked into this temple near Gion after nightfall I was struck by the contrast between the clear wood of the ladles and the dark surroundings. I shot from above, not really seeing what I was framing. It turned out to be more interesting than I thought, in a quasi abstract way.
Canon A2 + Agfa Scala 200
I’m exploring old rolls of film/slide that I didn’t really publish in the past. This is a street shot from Dublin.
Wandering around Gion at night, I stumbled upon this large temple complex (I think it’s the Yasaka Shrine.) In particular, the numerous paper lantern on this dance stage illuminated the area in a really cool way. I waited for some passers by and got this shot out of it, which I find really moody.
Spotmatic F + Ilford Pan F
My first film camera was a Spotmatic F that I purchased for a pittance on ebay. Because it had an M mount, I was spoilt for choices of lenses, and probably this was shot on a 50mm, but I couldn’t tell you which, now. It’s one of my earliest film shots, and it depicts a slew of posters calling for French left-wing protests against European policy, An odd reminder that what is happening in France today has its roots from older times (well, 2012 in this instance…)