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2014: My favourite images – February

You got to love yourself is the title I gave to this photograph which looking back at February is my preferred from that month. I took it on a cold Sunday morning. Reflections always catch me. I love that they present different ways of seeing. This man reflects in a cafe window; a cafe that caused much controversy when it opened. The reason being is that it was built right in front of the entrance to a city centre park and resulted in obscuring the view of the decorative and old entrance. It was a stupid place to locate it.

February

February

When I started this blog a couple of years back my objective was simple – I wanted to write. Nothing gives me more pleasure than writing but I tend to write in spurts. I have so much archived away – short stories, poems, essays. I needed to begin to write and felt a blog would be a good way to do it. Maybe, I don’t know. I still have not done it consistently or done the hard part – rewriting. Maybe 2015 will be the year.

My preferred iPhone image from February is one that I wrote a short accompanying text to. I will let it there and you can read it and take what you will from it.

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We sat in the car, neither of us driving, each sat at our own window. The rain and its drops ran on mine and through yours the wind it whistled until you yourself wound it closed. Try as we might we never would reconcile the rain and the wind, but that car, it brought us both to where we are now.

 

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Abundant goodwill

For many reasons, I love the photograph I have chosen as one of my personal favourite iPhone photographs for today. The funny thing is I do not recall taking the photograph. I know it is in Tokyo, most probably in the sprawling underground that lies beneath the city. When I was there I spent so much time just people watching. In a city of over 30 million there can be few better places on the planet for this. I would find myself carried along in the swell and rush of people. Many times, while I was there I got lost. The labyrinth-like underground with its numerous exits require alertness. But Tokyo underground is a great place to get lost. Without doubt Tokyo is the safest city I have ever been in. The people are courteous and kind. One time, getting  the subway back to Shibuya, I got off and missed my exit for my hotel and before I knew I had walked quite a distance in the wrong direction. Needing to find my way back I stopped a young guy to ask for help. He had limited English, but abundant goodwill. Despite having been going in the opposite direction, this young man walked with me all the way back to the famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing, a landmark which I used to locate my hotel. This walk took about ten minutes. Having thanked him, I watched as he walked back in the direction we had come from. I was so struck by his kindness.

So, today’s image comes from Tokyo. If you ever get the chance to go there, grab that chance.

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Tokyo

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The wonder of it all

Choosing the next image is easy. This is a shot that just appeared before me as I was travelling on the Narita Airport Express into Tokyo, last year. Having just landed and being in awe of the city appearing on either side of me it was this beautiful little girl who was lost in thought looking out the window in front of me which captured me. As we rushed passed, Tokyo reflected in her eyes, making me think, was this her first time in Tokyo; was she as in awe of it as I was? Or was she just bored and staring into space? I will let you decide. Me, I was in awe. Tokyo had resided in my imagination for years. Built-up images of this mega-city and its people were soon to be confronted with the actual reality of the city. I will never forget seeing  what must have been a radio tower  piercing through a cloud, its tall spire reaching up to the sky and the white cloud hovering its mid-section like an inflatable water toy. It actually frightened me a little.

I took nearly a thousand iPhone images while in Tokyo. This is one of my favourites.

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The wonder of it all [Tokyo, Japan]

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Boredom sits uncomfortably with curiosity on its shoulder

The photograph I have chosen from the archives as one of my personal favourites is one I took over three years ago. For creativity to thrive, I feel you have to experience boredom; unavoidable boredom. I remember I was sitting at my desk killing time on the net, mostly on Flickr and feeling frustrated that I did not have a new photograph to post. This is a very frequently occurring feeling, I can tell you.

So, there I was sitting at the desk. Besides the computer was a bottle of handwash (very handy when you have small children whose nappies need changing), a corkscrew (from a previous evening’s bottle of wine) and of course my iPhone. The bubbles in the handwash gel caught my eye. Then the corkscrew with its spiralling spear and before I knew it I was looking through the transparent gel at the upturned corkscrew and staring at it, but at a loss as to what I could see. Then my phone rang and the colour reflections from the screen transformed the colour of the gel. I answered the call and immediately held the handwash up to the screen of computer and saw how the background colour rushed through the gel. Yes!

There are many apps for the iPhone. One of those is the flashlight one. I knew I could use this to get a single colour background to place behind the gel. With the corkscrew standing upright on the iphone with the all-blue screen shining through, I clicked and clicked. Later uploaded to Lightroom and with a little sliding this is the result.

What I like in particular is the satisfaction in creating a shot from nothing. I was frustrated. I had nothing new to post to Flickr. Now I had.

But of course, it is all about the next shot….

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boredom sits uncomfortably with curiosity on its shoulder

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