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I have always been a huge fan of Michael Kenna’s photography. I think I have been inspired to do many of my black and white photographs in square mode because of him and his use of Hasselblad cameras. I have however never aspired to taking long exposures like him but his minimalist, beautifully visualized photographs have always made me wish I had his talent for seeing a scene.
My daughter recently gave me his book “Forms of Japan” for my birthday and it is an awesome volume. It is a coffee table format book designed by Yvonne Meyer-Lohr with 300 pages that are organized into chapters titled Sea, Land, Trees, Spirit and Sky. The reproduction of Kenna’s images are superb and although they obviously cannot emulate the luminosity and depth of the original silver gelatin prints they are nevertheless excellent. The full page photographs in the book are faced with haiku poems that complement the photographs perfectly. It is a book which will inspire and make me return to it time and time again.
For once the sun is shining and its nice and warm. Time to catch those rays and get rid of the ubiquitous British pallor. So, it’s the sunbed out in the garden. Hold on, I’ve forgot the cold drink. Back inside and then cold coke poured, its back into the garden.
The problem is Lily the cat has decided in my short absence that the sunbed looks nice and comfortable and she is going to make the most of it. Annoyed I approach her and and as usual she she takes no notice of my imposing presence, in fact she doesn’t even deign to open her eyes, So I go back inside to grab a camera. I’ll need proof for Mrs M of the sheer audacity of the undisputed boss of the family.
Camera in hand, I once again quietly approach Lily and once again she doesn’t open her eyes – but her claws extend. Of course she knows I’m there and she’s sending me a quiet yet firm message.
“Back off mate, this bed’s mine”.
I retreat to the garden chairs, once again strangely content in knowing my place in the Marshall household pecking order.
Taken with my Fujifilm X-E2 and 35, F2.0 lens.
Well, I have tried the last weeks to use my right eye for photography (Eye, Eye!) but I have to give up on it. I thought for a couple of days it was going to be OK but I just couldn’t get used to it over-time. My right eye started to ache after a short while and whilst it was good to be able to keep both eyes open at times and to be able to reach all the buttons without smearing my glasses, it just wasn’t worth the hassle and pain. Using the camera in portrait mode with the right eye was almost virtually impossible, I just couldn’t get the camera viewfinder lined up with the correct part of my varifocals to get the scene in focus.
So, it’s back to the old left eye and smudged glasses.