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A gloomy day in Karatsu (part 1)

A gloomy day in Karatsu (part 1)

I spent a rainy day photographing the sleepy seaside town of Karatsu (唐津).

These photos are a combination of a gloomy day, some influence from my favorite Japanese photographer Moriyama Daido, and some of my own style.  When I first saw Daido’s work I didn’t like it because I couldn’t make out a lot of detail in it, it was so dark.  But then I came to understand is aesthetic and technique.  His photos make you look hard at them and that in turn draws you in and lets you imagine and experience the scene.  It’s a somewhat Japanese astetic and one that is being lost with modern, sterile, digital photos which are always sharp and detailed.

I intentionally exposed and processed the negatives to achieve this particular look.  By being committed to a single outcome (ie. not having the endless tweak-ability of digital), I can focus more on recording the feelings of a scene rather than making them up later.

Karatsu Castle

Karatsu Station

Karatsu Station

Lunch (local foods)

Busy doing nothin’

Busy doing nothin’

This photo the perfect metaphor for me as of late…

I’m starting to feel some motivation again however and shot several rolls of film at a local festival.  Once I get a little time I’ll develop and start posting them.  In the meantime this is from a roll I randomly shot around the streets recently.

Continuing with my hina matsuri photos

Continuing with my hina matsuri photos

As I mentioned in previous posts, the area I live in was fortunately not directly affected by the massive earthquake and tsunami. People here are going about their business as normal despite potential for a triple nuclear meltdown at the striken Fukushima nuclear power plant. I guess while I sit here too and wait for some good information (which has been in scarce supply), I’ll go about finishing up my series on the Hina Matsuri.

This came from a roll of film I was experimenting with.  I shot Tri-X at EI200 and pulled development a bit.  Some people say this produces really nice images.  I personally am not impressed and prefer Fujifilm Acros@200 over Tri-X@200.

Vintage Hina Doll

Vintage Hina Doll

My girlfriend and I went around a historic part of town which had several houses and buildings open with many Hina Matsuri dolls on display inside, including some vintage dolls.

(c) 2011 William Milberry

Servant of the Emperor

Servant of the Emperor

In previous years I never learned much about or took much note of the Hina Matsuri.  I am endeavoring to correct that this year.