Feb 082016
 
Is this proof that Photographers see differently than Non-Photographers?

Canon’s experiment shows how obsessed photographers are over the details While this makes for a great blog title, it does not reflect what the Canon video is actually about.  What do I mean? How we see is one of those endless human debates like: Does society need religion? Are all people equal? Was it a [more...]

Feb 022016
 
A Philosophy on Editing

Philosophy on editing a photograph Introduction In light of the recent “Nikon airplane contest disaster” I thought it would be worth writing a short philosophy on editing.  The view that each photographer takes on editing must be developed individually.  It is an ethical attempt at your own practice which will inevitably change over time.  Perfect [more...]

Jan 262016
 
What can we learn: Movie Composition

What can we learn: Movie Composition The other day, I spotted an article about the 70 Most Beautiful Cinematic Shots, and I wanted to see what techniques directors use in movies that we can use in our photographs.  People often say that they would like their “Pictures to tell a story.”  So what better place [more...]

Jan 182016
 
The New Kyoto Craft Movement

A Fresh Start for Tradition In 2012 a small group of Kyoto based craftsmen teamed up with the Danish design studio OEO to create Japan Handmade.  Their aim was to bring the best of traditional Japanese crafts to a more international market, while retaining the integrity of each workshop.  The culmination of their work was [more...]

Jan 122016
 
Design your own shoot in Japan: Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts

Design your own shoot in Japan Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Hidden away from street level is the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts.  Like many of Japan’s treasures, it is not so easy to find.  But part of the fun of traveling in Japan is the quest to find things hidden in plain sight.  The [more...]

Dec 222015
 
The Passing of a Great Master: Hosai Matsubayashi

The Passing of a Great Master Hosai Matsubayashi Master Ceramic artist of Asahiyaki This month we mourn the loss of a great man.  Fifteenth generation ceramic master Hosai Matsubayashi has passed away.  His son Yusuke informed me a few weeks ago.  It is a great loss and I hope that we can all pass our [more...]

Dec 092015
 
What did Japanese art do to photography: Part 2

What did Japanese art do to photography: Part 2  Japanese woodblock prints The Group Why do we photograph random groups of people? Have you ever wondered why street photography has become so popular?  Why are there endless shots of people in bus windows, waiting for trains, or walking to work?  Have we all taken a [more...]