Tokyo is to Japan as New York City is the US: modern, frenetic, a mélange of sub-cultures; in short, a blast! You can’t do it all, don't even try, there’s just too much going on. But it’s great fun to explore and most corners are interesting. We covered aspects of the transportation system two posts ago: it is comprehensive and user-friendly, clean and safe. (If you missed it, here's a link). Should you find yourself lost, no worries: it’s doubtful you could find yourself in an unsavory situation. Most Japanese will go out of their way to … [Read more...] about Japan for the Traveling Photographer: Part 4: Tackling Tokyo
In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about WHY a photographer might like to travel to Japan. In this post, I'll look at logistics, especially transportation. Images of commuter-jammed subways and incomprehensible-to-the-Western-eye script may be intimidating if you haven’t been to Japan before, but with a little preparation and a good attitude, the Japan-novice will find a lot to like. What to know about getting around Japan Japan is known for its transportation system, which is a marvel of engineering and to-the-minute … [Read more...] about Japan for the Traveling Photographer: Part 2: Getting around the country
Japan is a destination that has drawn us back again and again. We recently returned from our 7th trip over the last 25 years, the last 5 being in the past 4 years. This accelerated pace reflects several factors, including having family there (my mother is Japanese and her family is there), studying Japanese (slooowly) and Japan being a safe and user-friendly destination. But wait, that’s easy for you to say, you speak some Japanese and you have family there! That’s true, and while that has made it easier, I’d still argue that Japan is a … [Read more...] about Japan for the Traveling Photographer Part 1: Why go?
Shortly after the nuclear disaster in Japan, Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda of the Toyota Motor company came to the United States to raise money for the victims. As it happens, Vanelli was hired to photograph a meeting between Toyoda and a prominent local dealership. However, in order to maintain privacy and security, Vanelli was not told who he would be photographing. Can you imagine preparing to go photograph someone you know is a V.I.P., but having no idea who it is so you can prepare by researching and checking out their work? You'll see that … [Read more...] about Stories From The Set: Saving Face Saves The Day
The tragedy of last month's natural and manmade disasters in Japan has caught the attention of the world. In a time when we argue Nikon over Canon, Aperture over Lightroom or iPhone over Droid, there are - believe it or not - more important things going on. The aftermath of the earthquakes will be felt for decades. Not only were lives lost, but so were livelihoods. One question I am getting recently relates to how this will impact the photo industry. While I think there are more important things to worry about, I do understand the desire to … [Read more...] about The Japan Earthquake – How It Impacts the Photo World