Onsen Stroll

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I shot these onsen stroll photos as a proof of concept, but liked them so much I went back and added a final component, in the fourth shot, so the stroll and outfits would make sense. “Keep up, Junior!” says Dad (in Japanese). Get it? It’s tricky to make water stay in the top of an aloe plant. Also tricky to photograph and make it look like water. But that is the intent. The big clues are all kind of buried in Japanese stuff- the word ‘onsen’ means naturally occurring hot springs, around which spa-like baths are built. Families (especially …

100th Day

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For some time I’ve been looking for a photographic subject to succeed haikyo. Haikyo was great, and doubtless still can be, though my passion for it has flagged in the last year or so. So, what would come next? For a while (years ago) I walked around Tokyo taking photos of architecture, people, traditional culture, and whatnot. I also took pictures of funny products (all the flavors of Kit Kat and Pepsi) and Japangrish, but neither of those really excite me much. So, what next? I want something that subverts normal life, that is surreal and unusual in the same …