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Izumi's Diary Page 13      Thursday 16 December 2010  
         
         
 
Peaceful Stillness in Mornings after Rain and Storms
         
     
 

Hello.

Here is Izumi talking to you.

But first I must tell you of something that is interesting that I learnt by looking at books of photographs on a rainy day. Everyone knows the famous photograph by M Cartier-Bresson of the man jumping the puddle…

 
     
         
         
 
 
 

Here is M Cartier-Bresson's Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, taken in Paris in 1932

 
         
         
     but I found another one in his big book catalogue that I have from the New York MoMA exhibition where this time many people are jumping…  
         
         
 
 
 
Here is M Cartier-Bresson's Dancers, Beijing taken in 1958
 
         
         
 

    and Jeff Carter also has a similar photograph. It is in a book he gave me of his photographs and he even said that he is like M Cartier-Bresson after taking it. I think before as well as after. Maybe I should call him Jeff Carter-Bresson but he is not here to hear me so perhaps I won’t as it makes me sad that he is not.

 
         
         
 
 
 
Here is Jeff Carter's Joie de Vivre, taken in Sydney in 1962
 
 
"Demonstrating that Henri Cartier-Bresson wasn't the only one who could
take photos of people with both feet off the ground." - Jeff Carter
 
         
         
         
 

And because we had a week of raining and not very nice light, when it stopped I decided to go to some streets that I have not searched on before. I have noticed that I am not getting many new photographs on streets that I know, and I don’t want to be repeating of myself.

I know when I have several photographs of a particular scene that sometimes it is all that there is and on other times I want to come back in different light or time of day. But I only will do this a few times as I am afraid of taking the same photographs two or more times over and I say to myself that is not a good thing to do.

I must go to green meadows where there are new pastures for my PEN and myself and we can open our eyes to different things and see what is to be seen with fresh eyeballs and lenses.

 
         
         
         
   
Summer Window I
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/250 sec, f/6.3, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
 
 
 
Summer Window VI
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/160 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 64mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
   
   
Summer Window IV
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/250 sec, f/7.1, 200 ISO, 28mm (eqiv)
         
         
   
Summer Window II
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 76mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
 
 
 
Summer Window III
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/250 sec, f/10, 200 ISO, 76mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
   
   
Summer Window V
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 

My PEN and I are now like we say ‘uo to mizu’ (fish and water) and I think that when I use different lenses on our walks it is maybe like different sauces on the fish. When I have my exhibition I will have different little foods to eat in front of different looks or sections of photographs. Perhaps then I could become a chefographer? Please excuse me for my English if that is not very word-clever.

But now that makes me think of an English word-joke. When I am out hunting photographs and I look at the camera screen I see the different settings he is thinking of using and I see the word RAW in the corner (because that is the best way of taking photographs for me) and I always think of a lion in Africa who also makes a ROAR when he is out hunting like me.

I found out that you call it a pun and I think that is also good because it is my PEN that is making this pun. Can there be a double-pun?

 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Red Bag I
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/320 sec, f/9, 200 ISO, 38mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
   
   
Summer Window VII
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/125 sec, f/5, 200 ISO, 32mm (eqiv)
         
         
   
Flag Shadow
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/100 sec, f/6.3, 200 ISO, 84mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
 

I have muted the brightness in some of these photographs to see if I can get a different feeling in my emotions that is not the same as either colour or black & white. Sometimes when my PEN and I are looking at a scene and deciding if it has a photograph in it or not I think that perhaps there is one but not as we are seeing it in the reality of the day. When I get home I will see if Photoshop can make the photograph like what my mind was seeing on the street. Because I shoot all my photographs in RAW I am able to try out different thoughts like this.

Perhaps M Cartier-Bresson would not approve but I think he would as long as I am being true to the scene that was in front of us.

So on those thoughts I will end now.

Thank you for looking and seeing with me,

Izumi.

 
         
         
         
         
 
 
 
 
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