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Izumi's Diary Page 2      Tuesday 14 September 2010
 
         
         
My Sister Kombi
         
           
 

Hello. Here is Izumi again and I have an old photograph to tickle your interest.

When I was a little girl ('nipper' is what you say?) I was going for holiday trips with my parents.

They were looking at cherry blossoms and the shape of Mount Fuji and ancient temples at Kyoto and such but even then the younger me wanted to find Decisive Moments as my uncle had a book he let me look at with old photographs of people in the streets of Europe who were not seeing, or even being interested in, the man with the camera, and so he could happily photograph them.

But he had a rapid eye and his finger was also fast on the shutter button so he captured their images just when it was the best moment to do so. From then on I was interested in this and decided to also try to find these Moments.

However, he had a Leica and as you see I had then a Sakura box camera, so I was not seeing in my viewfinder what was in my head as much as he was seeing in his.

He was the Frenchman Monsieur Henri Cartier-Bresson and I liked his photographs very much, as I still do. Sometimes I think they look very much like me and my friends when we used to play in the street. I was thinking back then that I would like to meet some of the people he was  photographing because I was in Japan and they were in Europe and even other places but we were all laughing at the same time and being happy with each other.

 
Picture by Renji Murata
         
           
     
  Because the book was printed both in English and French I am still a little puzzled if 'Deciding Moment' or 'Decisive Moment' is more correct and even if there is any difference. But it can be either one I think, as it does not affect the photographs because they are images not words and the brain looks at them with different eyes.

And his words, being a Frenchman, were actually "Images à la sauvette" in the book. My uncle looked iit up for me and his dictionary said it is either "Images on the Run" or "Images on the Sly" which I think means that he pretended not to take photographs so people keep being their natural selves and so when he dids take a photograph it was of people being real and doing real things that they normally did without any posing for the photographer. But he was not doing it in a bad way like spying on them but only so as to have a true and real part of life in his photographs.

But I am also thinking maybe it could be "Images that are Jumping" because I remember a famous picture of a man jumping over a puddle from the book.

Ah, Izumi thinks she has much to learn but it is best not only to look at books but to go to the streets and such places and try to see with M Cartier-Bresson's eyes and mind, if not his camera.
 
     
     
           
 
 
 
First camera of Izumi
First camera of M Cartier-Bresson
 
           
           
     
 

When I was younger I photographed with only one lens as my camera only had one. I read that M Cartier-Bresson photographed mostly with only one lens also. Why this was I do not know. Maybe he could only afford one lens for his Leica when he was not rich and well-known and he liked it so much that he kept it that way. And a 50mm lens on his Leica I know is the same view as a person's eye so maybe he preferred his natural seeing and photographing to be the same. He was a very advanced man to be free-range photographing as he did in the time that he lived.

But my uncle saw I was properly interested in these things and for one birthday he got me a better camera so I could take photographs better and better and he advised and very much helped me.

Even together then we were having trouble with finding this Moment but some of the photographs I took made me very happy. (Is that the best word? I was not Proud as I am not an arrogant girl. Or not Content as I still had much to learn. I shall look up the dictionary.)

Now please let me tell you a funny story. When I was on holiday with my parents they called our car Kombi as that was its right name but there were not many in Japan then so people did not know the name as in Europe or other places. But when my parents were talking to people they met at places they would say 'Kombi' and 'Izumi' and many people would think I had a sister. Bbut when were are leaving they only saw three of us in the car and sometimes they cry out as they thought we forgot her. We laughed and told them my sister is really our car and they laughed too.

Now I must go away. But I will write again soon if you like and tell you about the photographs I took.

Izumi.

 
     
     
     
 
 
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