Winter in Tokyo

When we added Tokyo to our destinations, we completely skipped over the fact that it would be Winter here. After 10 days of mild weather...
When we added Tokyo to our destinations, we completely skipped over the fact that it would be Winter here. After 10 days of mild weather (Tokyo actually has very sunny winters), rain and snow finally hit Tokyo. And thousands umbrellas suddenly invaded the streets adding form and colors to the grey atmosphere. We are about to freeze but the thought of Bangkok on Monday warms us up. (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

Tokyo – Cityscapes

This is blog is mainly about street photography, nevertheless for travel lovers, I can sometimes feel the frustration not to see more about the cities...
This is blog is mainly about street photography, nevertheless for travel lovers, I can sometimes feel the frustration not to see more about the cities we visit. I am not a landscape shooter, but I think street photography and urban landscapes photography are two very close disciplines. This is a series about Tokyo; about its buoyent streets, residential neighbourhoods and peaceful parks. Even though humans are present in all theses pictures, I believe it is above all the urban settings that tells most about the way they live. (this series is best viewed as a slideshow, so click on first...

Some street photography at the zoo

We visited the wonderful Tokyo zoo today. And I could not help remember the great "The animals" by Gary Winogrand made of street shots taken...
We visited the wonderful Tokyo zoo today. And I could not help remember the great "The animals" by Gary Winogrand made of street shots taken at the Central Park zoo in New York. A book to recommend. This series features humans and animals, though you'll have to admit that the edge between one and another is very thin. (click on pictures for high res) Flying elephant Undetermined hairy biped My next fur My next lunch Undetermined biped II Camouflage techniques "God, I cannot stand these photographers anymore". All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph.

In the land of temples and Geishas

Kyoto was Japan's capital during centuries and the center of its spiritual life. Therefore, thousands temples, shrines and gardens remain nowadays in the region. Kyoto...
Kyoto was Japan's capital during centuries and the center of its spiritual life. Therefore, thousands temples, shrines and gardens remain nowadays in the region. Kyoto also still hosts a community of Geishas and if you are lucky, you might see them appear furtively in the street. Yet the chances are big that they are just a few tourists dressed up to experience a day in the life of Geisha. (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

The Emperor’s clothes

Most of the power and privileges of Japan's Emperors are long gone, but it seems some still find a way to be carried around with...
Most of the power and privileges of Japan's Emperors are long gone, but it seems some still find a way to be carried around with its best clothes on.  (click on picture for high res) Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph.

Toshiya – In search of the Great Archer

Thousands have come to Kyoto's Sanjusangen-do temple for the annual Toshiya Archery Contest. This four hundred years old event will see the best young archers...
Thousands have come to Kyoto's Sanjusangen-do temple for the annual Toshiya Archery Contest. This four hundred years old event will see the best young archers of Japan compete for the title of Champion. Wearing kimonos, the participants will wait for long hours before their lone opportunity to hit a target located 60 meters away. A failure and it is an immediate elimination. While many concentrate and train until the last minute, the end of the round means all smiles for the others. (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

Meeting street photographers #9 : Yuin Shan Ding

I met Shan on a nice Hong Kong Sunday afternoon and we headed to the Sham Sui Po market for a little shooting. We also...
I met Shan on a nice Hong Kong Sunday afternoon and we headed to the Sham Sui Po market for a little shooting. We also had some great discussion about the movie industry, since Shan is a producer in his daily life. The day ended by a visit to a used camera shopping center where we saw endless quantities of wonderful gear. So here is an interview of Shan to discover a bit more about his photography. Shan with his Leica M9 and 28mm Elmarit. - You work as a movie producer in your every day life. How does it...

Under the warm coat of tradition

We are heading to Kyoto by night bus. Don't have time to post much, so here is simply my favorite shot of today. (click on...
We are heading to Kyoto by night bus. Don't have time to post much, so here is simply my favorite shot of today. (click on picture for high res) Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph.

A touch of Paris

An isolated country during centuries, Japan modernized in a few decades at the end of the 19th century. While traditions and social codes remain very...
An isolated country during centuries, Japan modernized in a few decades at the end of the 19th century. While traditions and social codes remain very strong, the big influence of the Western world is undoubtful. And for once in our trip, it seems that Northern America is not the key influencer here. Indeed, Tokyo has often a feel of Europe and could even be described as a little Paris in Asia. Bakeries, restaurants, fashion stores and entire neighbourhoods recreate the City of Lights lifestyle. We actually feel more at home here than we would in Los Angeles. This has been...

Favorite 2011 picture series : a few statistics and thoughts

First let me thank all of you that submitted a picture. I think this was a good experience as it let us discover a lot...
First let me thank all of you that submitted a picture. I think this was a good experience as it let us discover a lot of photographers and their work. 35 photographs were posted and I could not help doing a little analysis of the work submitted. I thought some of you would also be interested to discover the results. By no means it represents the global street photography community, but probably a good view on the readership of this website. Place where picture was taken : 55% : Europe 20% : North America 12% : Asia 6% : Oceania...