There’ll be no moratorium, no “it was a year of up’s and down’s” or any other nonsense.The final post of 2010.
I recently traveled to Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya – the largest and most well-known slum in Africa, home to over a million people most of whom live on less than a dollar a day – to meet Mr. Hassan Abdul Salim, the coach of the ‘Kibera Olympic Boxing Team’.
As with most things, despite my professed misanthropy and a firm belief that Jean Paul Sartre was right when he said “Hell is other people”, people are what makes this cosmic joke we call existence bareable.
Berlin, how do I love thee? let me count the ways!
One of the first things that stuck me about Berlin was the Graffiti and street art.
A little video I’d forgotten about from when I borrowed the 15mm from Mr Eiichi Scart.Shinjuku To Harajuku On The Yamanote Line.
I have a dirty little secret…..
Ok I have more than one, but the one I’m admitting to today, feels in photographic circles worse than admitting you like Justin Bieber at a Carcass concert.
A short walk from the Oya stone museum, is Oya temple and the massive Heiwa Kannon.
Oya in Tochigi is an hour and a bit train ride from central Tokyo to Utsunomiya and then a short bus ride away.The main reason for our visit was to go to the Oya stone museum.
In a few weeks I will be going to Berlin to be a cameraman for Cultural Video Foundation (CVF).
Just a little bit of fun.
Was out with Sean ‘Motionid’ Wood and Jon ‘It’ll All End In Tears’ Ellis a few weeks ago and filmed this test shot for something else I’m working on.
My photo of a Samburu woman shot on my trip to Kenya earlier this is on the cover of issue 2 of the iPad magazine “Latitude”.
Following on from last years Flower of the dead post some more pictures of the flower that grows along the banks of the river that one must cross after death or the flower that grows in hell (according to Japanese mythology).
My ‘Let the poets cry themselves to sleep’ series was blogged on Conscientious. I’m a happy camper.
That’s right, words almost every photographer gets used to after a while, “copyright infringement” back once again.This time it’s in print and with someone I thought I had an agreement with!
In the dark heart of Shibuya’s seediest district Maruyama-cho, amidst the love hotels, used underwear shops and sexual service advice centers lies an oasis of calm, The Lion Cafe.
A self service beer machine in a Sangenjaya izakaya. Video versdion 2.0.
Look at what happens when you borrow a Canon 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens from Mr Eiichi “Scart” Miyamoto. A gallery of WIDE shots.
Yasukuni shrine, Tokyo – August 15th 2010, the anniversary of the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. Drinking beer with men wearing swastikas, riot police and a window in to the Japanese psyche.
A short film I made, shot in Tokyo.
Essentially a love story, albeit a dark one.
“Err….Those German guys”. Shibuya youth in all their glory.
An interesting tidbit on genetics from a really great Russell Banks book “The Darling”, and a plug for “I Do Haiku You” a blog by Sean Miles Lotman.
A video of the 489 photos I’ve posted to flickr over the past 2 years.
The last (I think) in the Kenya 2010 series of blog posts:- pictures that didn’t fit into any of the other posts.
Dancing Queen?-As a follow-up to the last post about the free party in Kibera, it’s another video post.Kids dancing at the Kibera free party.Feel good stuff.
Within a few days of arriving in Nairobi I found myself at a most unusual concert,organised by the Goethe Institut Nairobi, being paid to take pictures.