cloudy photographic saturday

June 28, 2008
*Dreaming Spirals (Yumemiru Rasen)
(At the very last minute again...! ) I went to Gallery Tosei to see the exhibition of Reiko Imoto, lives in Belgium, makes the world her stage.
She's there, so friendly, great and served cups of tea for guests by herself!!!
Thank her very much!!
I didn't have much time coz i had an appointment with a friend in Shinjuku.
I wanted to talk more though...
Anyway, it was nice show!
Her works has created an aura of something mystery and literally dream.

*Nikon Portfolio Review in Shinjuku
It was by Mariko Takeuchi again.
This time I just watched with a friend.
And of course I watched two exhibitions in gallery next to the viewing space.
I could enjoy both!

*Chat with Komi-chan in Nakamura before going to eat nun & curry with friends
I was asked what i want to express through portrait photos and how i want to advance the field etc...

*Break @ net & comic cafe with friends
read nice comics recommended and planned about summer fun


floating world

Last week I happened to find a blog by a stranger lives in San Francisco, my favorite city.
Since then I often check the blog coz that' s interesting and has many links to nice sites.
Then I found a Japanese name among the links, I visited the site.
She's a Japanese photographer, Kanako Sasaki, lives abroad.
And surprisingly I knew she just had an exhibition in this June in Japan.

So, I went to guardian garden in Ginza after work yesterday, the very last day of the exhibition.
It's first time to go to the gallery though, I liked there.
The works were color photos, portraits of women, calm, somewhat humorous, but strong.

Anyway, I like her photos very much.

So glad to find a new favorite photographer, especially a female Japanese works hard abroad.


2007 Foto Premio Annual Award Exhibition

I visited Konika Minolta Gallery in Shinjuku last Saturday.
Then I felt something smelled in the floor.

Oh... it was of alcohol...

The celebration party of FOTO PREMIO 2007 was just being held in the gallery C.
And the revival shows for the winners, three photographers, were exhibited.

I watched two of them before.
I like "Sight" by Yoko Asakai the best as I thought before.


new people -photographic days past-

①May 15, 2008
Opening party
I was invited to an opening party by islay-san.
The photo gallery was so close from the station I used everyday for commuting, so I could head there soon after working.
The photos exhibited were digital ones (B&W), but so beautiful like film photos.
I saw a familiar face there, i had not seen face to face before though.
He used to be a teacher of the workshop I went. And now he has his own workshop in Yotsuya.
I enjoyed the conversation with him. He's so talkative and funny.
Then I got some advice and rethought about the importance of developping the film...

②May 25, 2008
“yOUR pARTy”
I attended a party of art×music @ VAL in Aoyama.
Firstly there were so many people crowded in the club and I couldn't move a bit from the entrance... so I hesitated to put the photos on the wall...
For the participants, the reception number cards were provided in the order of arrival.
After getting less crowded, I got reception number 45 (i was last person accepted among the participants) and exhibited my photos.
Then I went to a convenience store near the club with my friend to get something to eat.
When I was paying at the register, I was sudddenly spoken to from behind, "Nice camera!"

He's a foreign guy with cheki(instant camera) making line behind me.
Then I was asked to be photographed and I surely accepted to.
He's a nice person, photographer from U.S., and was also about to eat in the corner of the convenience store with his friend(famous Japanese DJ! Ko san) as we were.
So we were eating and talking there together for a while.
It was very very nice to meet them in such an interesting location.
In the end of the party, when I was putting off my photos, I was spoken from a guy.
"Oh! are they yours!? I like best yours here today."
Since I could see he was telling very seriously, it's a big pleasure than any words I got at the day. Later it turned out he was a writer.
(He interviewed with Daido Moriyama before.That's amazing!)

Meeting new people, especially in the field I like, is so fun and exciting!