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Izumi's Diary Page 10      Monday 15 November 2010  
         
         
When I Hunt Like Cyclops
         
     
 

Hello, here is Izumi who is writing for you all about my learning of street photography and I hope you are enjoying coming with me in the mornings as that is when I like the light best.

I have been reading the book of the exhibition of M Cartier-Bresson as well as looking at his photographs and noticing that for a lot of his photographs he used a 50mm lens on his Leica.

So maybe, I was thinking, I should do the same for some discipline in my art, and I remembered that there is a 20 mm lens made for my camera and a good place to get it is from B&H Photo in New York while the Australian dollar is floating high. So I did this and it arrived in just two days and very quickly became attached to my PEN. And because PEN's light-catching sensor is smaller than the 35mm film in M Cartier-Bresson's Leica it sees like his 50mm lens sees. So in one way now he and I are the same in our art.

Here is my PEN with his new eye:

 
     
   
     
     
  And here is what we first captured together with him...  
     
         
   
     
All Dressed Up… IV
     
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/250 sec, f/3.2, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
         
         
 
 
 
All Dressed Up… V
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
 

When I thought of having just one lens of fixed eyesight I wondered if it would cause frustration and desires in me for more variety. But I remembered that many shooting excursions M Cartier-Bresson had with just one lens and I found that I could have an interesting time with my just one.

But I also realised that I am not in a place where I will never be again, and if I see a static photograph in my eye that asks for a different lens I can return tomorrow and capture him then.

I am hopeful of course that the weather and light will be the same the next day. I am always respectful to Mother Nature (we call her Daishizen in Japan) for these reasons.

 
         
         
         
         
   
   
Shadow Street VIII
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/250 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
         
         
 

Now I must show you something a little bit personal of myself. Sometimes I hear of people who say that I am not in existence. This I find puzzling. If it is so, I wonder, who is this person walking the early morning streets with the lens alert and the shutter-finger poised for photographs? It certainly feels like me and as well the rain and wind and sunshine that I am feeling on my head and my skin and my hair make me know it is me.

So here is a picture of me taken when I was more a younger girl in Japan but still then interested in photographing the streets. I am outside the photographic studio of my uncle whom I have mentioned before because he saw my interests and gave me my first Sakura box camera, and then showed me his books of M Cartier-Bresson and his works, as well as other photographers who were also on the streets. He also sometimes let me borrow his big camera, as you can see.

Yes, my name is in honour of his family name which means 'small spring' and comes from the name of a Samurai clan which my uncle is descended from. My name as given name means almost the same, being 'spring' or 'fountain'.

 
         
         
 
 
 
Here I am outside my uncle's photographic studio when I was younger.
 
     
Picture by Hal
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Street Reflection I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/250 sec, f/3.2, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
   
 
   
Street Reflection II
 
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 20mm, 1/250 sec, f/3.2, 200 ISO, 40mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 

But this day was not a morning for many photographs so I did not test the lens (or myself) as much as I thought I was going to. I shall go out again with only the 20mm lens (my 'Cartier-Bresson lens') and persevere in my art desirings until I can achieve many happy photographs. Then me and my PEN and the lens can be happy with our achievements.

So I will finish writing now and say again that I am happy if you are reading and looking at what I am doing and I hope it is making you happy too.

Thank you,

Izumi.

 

 

 
         
         
 
 
 
 
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