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Inspiration, where are you? 霊感はどこですか。

March 26, 2009

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted any photo posts.  Sadly, I’ve been struggling with inspiration since coming back from Tokyo.  Despite taking a camera with me wherever I go, I’ve shot very little in the past couple of months.  I expect that to change when I head to the Czech Republic for the Easter break.  Just the thought of being in that medieval part of the world gets me thinking about the photo possibilities.  Very exciting!

At the same time though, I’m trying to look at Hong Kong with new eyes and try to be more assertive in my photography.  Part of the problem I (and other photographers I’ve chatted with) find in Hong Kong is that the people are very closed off.  Even more so than the Japanese I find.  Though perhaps the fact I speak Japanese helps because I don’t feel as much trepidation in approaching people for a photo.  Even if Japanese people don’t want their picture taken, they’ll let you know in a non-aggressive manner; turning away, putting a magazine in front of their face, that sort of thing.  In Hong Kong, the reaction to a stranger taking their picture is much more forceful which makes me a bit nervous to even try to snap the pictures I see in the first place.

I’ve recently been inspired by another photographer though.  A couple months ago I went to Xavier Comas‘ photo exhibition here in Hong Kong.  It was the opening so he was in attendance and, as the subject matter was about Japan, we had a lot to talk about.  He’s back in town and we’ve managed to get together and share photo stories and we’re planning on heading out to do some shooting and hopefully challenge each other with what we find.  I highly recommend checking out his website (linked above or to the right), in particular his project called Jiutamai.

I will of course have more photos to post after I return from the CR but, until then I hope you enjoy the gallery of Hong Kong shots.  Some have been posted before but others are new.

久しぶりですね。すみませんが東京に帰った時から霊感がないです。いつもカメラを持ってくるにもかかわらずあんまり撮影しなかった。すぐにそれは変更すると思います。イースター休みでチェコとプラハに行きます。楽しみにしています。

でも、いい香港の写真を撮るようにも少し強くなります。しかし、香港でちょっと問題があります。香港人のほうが日本人より冷たいと思います。知らない人の撮影はだめだと思っています。それからちょっと怖いです。しかし、頑張ります。

最近、新し友達が霊感してくれました。二ヶ月前頃ザビエ·コマスの展示会に行きました。テーマは東京市の地下鉄の生活です。面白かったです。私たちはよく話しました。今、タイに住んでいるが先週香港に戻りました。先日も会ったとよく話しました。今週末にどこかへ行くと撮影するつもりです。ザビのホームページを見て下さい。リンクは上と右側にあります。面白いポートフォリオがあります。地歌舞(Jiutamai)と言います。すばらしいです。

もちろん、チェコに帰った時、写真をポストします。その時前にこの香港に撮った写真を楽しんでください。

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