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Eyes wide open; Being aware

blink and you could miss it
I know I post a lot about cameras, but they are a bit of a thing for me, as you all know. Well, this time I thought I should post about something a bit different. Namely spatial awareness. Yeah, I know, keep it about the cameras, but I really feel that I need to talk about this subject.
I think that it is important for you as a photographer to be spatially aware, perhaps more so that the average person. As a street photographer you have a certain responsibility to document the things that are around you and you cannot do this if you are not aware of your surroundings.
I get immensely frustrated when I am out walking and people bump into me or just stop where they are going without thinking. I think as a photographer you may find yourself becoming hyperaware of everything that is around you, and often how it is going to affect your course of action.

This man was looking at his phone, as a consequence he was eaten by an escaped tiger
I honestly believe that the mobile phone is responsible for the dumbing down of society as a whole, as people are more content to look into this screen that they are to look around them. This is good and bad for you if you are not one of the terminally addicted too. This is good in that it can give you the advantage of not being seen and can get you some interesting subject matter. the disadvantage of this is that you can often find yourself being the one that gets bumped into. People are becoming less aware of their surroundings as they become more engrossed in the gadgets they have in their pocket.

They never found this poor mans face. Next time he will be more careful
One of the biggest things that I noticed when I was teaching the workshop was that I was frequently telling the students to look. Now I am also guilty of not looking properly, but I am pretty good. You have to train yourself to look, to be aware. When you are out, even if you are not shooting you should be looking. Make sure you take the time to be aware of your surroundings, look around and see things. Pride yourself in seeing the things that others do not. After all, you are not going to be much cop as a photographer if you are not looking. It will not happen overnight, but you will find yourself seeing then things that you missed before.
Keep looking, keep searching and keep shooting.


Hutong Nights, Beijing. Wanfan & Mah-jong

Hutong Nights, by the 35mm PHOTO bureau
So one of the things I have been doing recently is featuring peoples bags. Well, one of the other things that I am going to be doing is featuring peoples pictures too. I love gear, but we must remember what we have it for. So, without further ado here is the work of one of the readers of Japancamerahunter, Thil of the 35mm PHOTO bureau.

In his own words:
“It started when I was about 10 years old with my dad’s Pentax MX – I’ve been hooked to photography since then. I don’t make a living out of it but I know for sure that making photographs makes my life richer. I don’t have a specialist subject as such but I try to include some kind of human presence in the frame when I click the shutter – basically I am mostly interested in people and how they relate to their surroundings be it society, culture, history and the places they live in.

Smaller cameras suit my shooting style best so I use rangefinders and compacts. I use film because that’s what I am used to and I love the feel, quality and tones of the resulting images. There is another reason – being able to make my own darkroom prints. There is a magical moment when the paper hits the developer in the tray and the image starts to appear. It may be months or years after I shot it but for me those minutes that take the paper to develop is when I can start to go back in time and re-live the story again.

These photos were taken during night time walks around Hutongs in Beijing. These were taken in October 2009 and I only got around to making some proper prints a few months ago. Shot on Ilford XP2 Super, printed on Ilford FB paper and scanned.”

I really like the depth and thought that has gone into these shots. They are unobtrusive, yet give us a glance on a neighborhood in action. The tonal quality really helps bring these pictures out too.

Thanks to Thil for sharing his work with us, it is a really nice view into a different part of the world.
You can see more of his work at his site and you should follow him on twitter too.

If you would like to have your work featured here don’t be afraid to drop me a line at hunts.of.tokyo@gmail.com
Send a few hi-rez pics, an artists bio/statement and any other relevant info. Please don’t forget to include links to your work online.