Paper Pirates x Tokyo
Paper Pirates have a very simple concept. Shoot. Print. Send. Steal. Check it out.
Visiting Tokyo? Then go here…
Some of you might remember that I wrote a little buyers guide for camera shopping in Tokyo. Well, there was a map attached to that, which may have been overlooked by some. So here is is again.
Well well well, The workshop has finished and it has been emotional
Yes, that is right, the workshop has finished and we had a blast. It has been a roller coaster of emotions for all of us, not just the students but the instructors too. We have made friends from all over the world and have seen each other develop our skills. I have learned a lot too…mainly on how not to organize things, but also a bit about myself as a person.
For the first day we met up in the afternoon and got to know our students a little bit. I was going to be taking the beginner group, so after a nice little meet and greet we hit the streets and found our way into the middle of Shibuya. In retrospect this was not the ideal choice for students who consider themselves to be beginners, as Shibuya is a frenetic place with not a great deal of space to move. For me Shibuya is a great spot to go shooting, but I have been there a lot and have had the time to find the things that I like about the place. I think in future workshops it may be better to ease the beginners into a location that is a bit less hectic. the main point for the first night was to get people out and have them shooting in an area that they were not familiar with, and my focus for the evening was to gauge exactly how confident the students were. We had an interesting night and I learned a little about the styles of my students, which was a lot of fun. After a couple of hours of shooting we filled our rumbling bellies and went our separate ways. I got a couple of interesting shots as I was trying out flash for the first time. It is a lot of fun, but not really my style of photography. I now have a great deal of respect for those that can do it well though.
For day two we had an group discussions about our experiences and the instructors introduced their photography. It was really good to hear a wide variety of thoughts about each others photography and to discuss a bit about ourselves.
After a quick spot of lunch my group and I headed out to Ginza and Yurakucho for an afternoon of shooting. We had a long walk and I got to know my students a little bit better. We had a lot of fun shooting through the backstreets in Yurakucho. The weather gods had decided to bless us with some fantastic light, which I instructed the students to take advantage of. We all walked down the main area in Ginza and I got them to try layering their shots and to take advantage of the long shadow casts. It was really nice to see them going out and giving something different a try. Everyone seemed to have a good time and towards dusk we headed back to the Gotanda centre to talk about our experiences and for more workshop tutorials.
In the evening we had organized a smashing dinner at the famous Gonpachi restaurant, the same one that the set of the Kill Bill fight sequence was based on. After a bit of a mixup with the booking we managed to get everyone fed and watered. A good amount of beer was consumed and I tried to get around to speak to as many people as possible. Apologies if I didn’t managed to speak to you all, I tried my best.
The final day and the weather was perfect, which was a huge shame as we has soooo much to do in the workshop that we didn’t actually have time to get out and shoot before we headed off to the Leica party. Eric hosted a workshop before we had an image critique of the students work. It was really amazing to see the work of the students and to see how much they had developed in only two days. A very humbling experience in my opinion. It gave me a lot of pride to see images that they had taken whilst out with me.
After the critique we rushed to to Leica Ginza to finish the rest of the critique and to have the ceremony for the competition.
Leica Japan very kindly offered some lovely prizes of a Magnum photobook, a Leica calendar and a Leica diary for the winner of the best shot of the weekend. There were also several other lovely prizes for runners up and different categories. Champagne flowed and people laughed, it was a lovely ending to a fantastic weekend.
This was a great workshop and a fantastic experience. I was able to show something and teach something to a really enthusiastic bunch of people and I feel like I have made a lot of new friends. It also got me to get out of the photographic rut that I was in. The energy of the students and the way that they saw things really made me think a lot about the way I shoot and how I can develop myself as a photographer. I am really looking forward to teaching another one of these and I hope you are all looking forward to coming to another one.
I am hoping to come and teach in Los Angeles sometime in the new year, I hope you can come and work with me and I look forward to seeing you.
Ever wanted to come to Tokyo? Ever wanted to shoot street photography here? Well this is your chance….the legendary Eric Kim is coming to Tokyo to run a street photography workshop with yours truly, Alfie Goodrich of Japanorama and guest speaker Charlie Kirk.
Yes, that is right, we are going to be running a street photography workshop on the dazzling streets of Tokyo in December. Feel the hustle bustle of one of the busiest cities on earth, see the bright lights and feel the energy of a city that never sleeps. Tokyo is one of the most exciting cities on earth, and now you have the chance to come here and improve you street photography at the same time.
This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn more about how to build more courage when shooting on the streets, as well as what makes a great street photograph. With tons of hands-on guidance we will learn how to get close to our subjects and be given certain assignments when shooting on the streets.
The workshop will run from Friday December 2nd until Sunday Dec 4th, with a complete set of workshops for all levels, critiques, street walks, group activities and a special event on the final evening hosted by Leica Japan. This is surely not to be missed, a real once in a lifetime opportunity.
You can also pre-register with us by using this contact form.
The course will be charged at $600 ($495 early-bird special before November 15th). Payment can be paid with a credit card, debit card, or Paypal. Here is a link to the paypal payment page in case you want to book a place now.
The cost of the workshop will include the instruction fee, location rental, as well as meals (breakfast and lunch). We also are so confident you will enjoy the workshop that we are offering a 100% money-back guarantee.
This course is strictly limited to 20 people, so first come first served. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity.
Look forward to seeing you all there.
Get your wallet ready, there is a fair in town
That’s right, it is time again for the ICS used camera fair. There are a lot of camera fairs in Tokyo, but this one is considered to be one of the premium ones. The Imported Camera Society began in 1972 as a group of camera traders whose primary interest was the sale of imported cameras. Over time this group expanded to 22 member companies, although now there are 19. They have three shows a year, the main one being in Matsuya Ginza. This show will be held in the transportation building in Yurakucho, Tokyo. This is a short fair, only being held for two days, but it is still significant.
I shall be there almost all day on the Friday, if anyone is coming along you can drop me a line and we can meet up. If you cannot make it and there is something that you really want from the show then let me know and I can try to get it for you. There are going to be a lot of items that will not be regularly available, so this is a chance to get something cool.
See you there,
A fun little video made by my mate Irwin Wong, featuring a very handsome Japancamerahunter (look out of the fat spanner with the silly hat). Unfortunately I now have this bloody tune running around my head.
Check out his site here.
A great little interview by the charming Mijonju of the amazing Herbie Yamaguchi. We were both at John Sypal’s show on the opening night when Herbie arrived. Herbie spent the early eighties wandering the streets of London taking in the punk explosion. It was really cool to hear his stories (that is me standing next to him), and learn about how he takes pictures.
A personal collection of pieces that I am considering to exhibit this year
There is not really a great deal to say about all of these, I would really like the images to speak for themselves. I have been studying the work of different photographers over the summer and have been trying to give my style a definition that I feel it has been missing.
Nobody could ever accuse me of being a bright and breezy person, especially not my wife. I tend to view life not from the ‘glass half empty’ point of view, rather the ‘my drink needs topping up’ point of view.
These images were all taken during the beginning of the summer, which proved to be a testing time for me. I hope that my feeling and my attitude at the time has come out in these pictures.
There is no particular sequence to these images or timeline, but that may be a problem for me to ponder over rather than for you to question. These are all taken in Tokyo over the last month or so with a Leica M6 and Neopan 400 film.
More than anything these are just a sample of what I have been doing lately and what I may consider to put into a show at the end of this year.
As always input is greatly appreciated, as long as it is not unpleasant and rude. Let me know what you think.
The canon F1, also known as the camera hewn from solid steel by Gods own hands
Canon got into the pro SLR market a little bit late, when compared to the release of the great Nikon F series, in fact you could say that they really missed the boat, as this camera was not actually released until the Nikon F2 had been released. But Canon being the huge corporation that they are did not do things by half. They invested heavily in research and development, to make a camera system that was completely adaptable to any situation, with over 200 accessories available to the user.
This camera system heralded a huge leap forward for Canon, not only in design, but in manufacturing techniques and capabilities. By developing this camera Canon developed the way it made cameras and turned itself into a major player in the world camera market.
The complexity of this camera knows no bounds, it is a monster of a camera with over 10,000 working parts. Yet it feels solid and hefty, as if made from a solid lump of steel. This stands testament to the manufacturing ability of Canon.
These cameras come from a generation when they over made cameras, so these things were really built to take punishment. The testing system that Canon devised was devilish and meant to replicate any situation that the camera may find itself in, no matter the temperature or the conditions.
This is clearly a well thought out camera, well balanced and with a good meter. It feels solid and comfortable in the hands and has a wonderful shutter ‘clunk’. If you have been a longtime Nikon user like me, then it may take a little bit of getting used to as everything is basically backwards. But regardless of this, the movement is smooth and fast, and after a short amount of practice you will be shooting with confidence.
This camera was owned up until recently by Tokyo Camera Style, but now that he has his Leica MP and his Contax T3 he has decided to pass it on to someone who may make better use of what he describes as “a hell of a camera”.
This camera is for sale and you can come and find it on ebay or you can contact me directly through the site and we can make arrangements.
The latest photo essay from Leica and Magnum. Domonic Nahr, the Oskar Barnack award winner from 2009 travels to Fukushima to cover the nuclear situation that has become part of life for the residents there. It is interesting to see the western take on this terrible problem. Nahr has a sensitive view and highlights the issue without sensationalism.
I hope that many more people watch this and realize what people are going through in Fukushima and the surrounding areas, they still need our help, as the government is sweeping them into a cupboard, to be forever forgotten.
You can find more of Dominic Nahr’s work here.