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Izumi's Diary Page 42     Monday 16 January 2012  
         
         
Forty-Second Street
         
     
 

Hello! Here is Izumi.

I hope the name of my Diary page today does not have you expecting lines of chorus ladies dancing along the footpaths of Newtown or for me to reveal to you the meaning of all things. No, it is only because it is page number 42 and a nice witty or punny name did not introduce itself to A Certain Person who is usually very good at thinking up names that I can call my photographs and these pages. So instead of sweeping overhead crane shots you have me and my PEN at ground level and instead of tap-dancing legs you have my walking ones.

And I do want to show you something that I found while trawling for something else…

 
     
         
         
 
 
 
Panda-Cam – Say "Bamboo"
 
 
 
         
     
 

But there is a drought of Decisive Moments, or even Moments that are not Decisive but are nonetheless interesting and that I can show you here for us to look at and think about and discuss within and without ourselves.

But droughts here are not like they are experienced by the lionesses in the Serengeti. No, here the Decisive Moment ones are very damp and accompanied by winds and rains if not flooding storms. I do not mind going out in the rain, as you will know from looking at the Poetry of Rain images, when the light is interesting and especially when reflecting back to the lens from wetted streets.

 
     
     
         
   
   
Skull and Skipper
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/200 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 66mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

There were a few hours of my nice early contrasty light between the dark clouds and I was able to capture this happy photograph above. I don't know what the combination means but perhaps when you are having your cup of tea you can weave a story in your head that explains it for you, if not for anyone else.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Façade
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 14-42mm, 1/400 sec, f/8, 200 ISO, 20mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

And if you see a building trying to smile then you can't really stop yourself smiling as well, can you? I wonder what it found to be funny. Not a passing flâneuse and her camera, surely. Perhaps it knew that I was going to have a little rainy-day play in Photoshop and was pleased with the result, as I was going to be. Otherwise it would not be here for you to see as well. If you are ever passing this building, and you can see its address, give it a wave and a smile and a Hello and see how it reacts.

I know there are many old buildings in Japan, especially temples, that appreciate people greeting them and giving their ancient timbers a gentle pat and a rub. Sometimes what some people think is the wind wafting through the walls is really the building itself having a satisfying sigh, as the priests and other people who live and work in such buildings know very well.

 
     
     
 

Perhaps after all the visual excitement of old graffitied manufactories and crumbling edifices I have run out of Serendipity for a while.

But you know I can be very determined so I will not be deterred by such settings back. Even when the Great Plains are awash and the wildebeest are up to their ankles in water, the lioness knows that it won't be that long before the water drains away into the mighty rivers and the sun dries out the ground and the grasses grow as high as the elephants' eyes and life returns to an undampened state.

So I leave you for now, your slightly moistured flâneuse,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
 
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