Photographer's Selection

A Mie photographer shares some of his favorite shots

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By Mie Life Magazine
Published Monday, June 11th, 2012 (10:02pm)
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This photo was taken during the Tsu Matsuri held in September 2011. I love this shot because there is so much to look at. There is lots of motion and blur throughout the shot, yet it is contrasted by the relative focus of the screaming dancer's face. I think the swirling pattern on his cheek helps capture your attention. While some would think there is just oo much in this photo, I think it is a great representation of the hectic energy that the dancers were putting into there performance.
Photo by John Fowler
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This photo was taken outside the main Torii gate during a candle festival (the exact name of which eludes me) near the inner shrine of Ise Jingu. Candles lined the streets and here we see small candle holders painted by individuals. I like the charming innocence in the picture as well as what is written, something along the lines of 'I wish for world peace and to be able run faster'. The warm glow of the candle in the dark background, along with the shadowed Torii gate makes this an interesting combination of light.
Photo by John Fowler
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This is a photo of a school teacher from Iinan High School who is part of the brass band. She is not the conductor and only helps a little with the organisation of the club, she is there mainly to play and to keep doing what she loves doing. I love the way here eyes are almost closed in concentration and the gold instruments in the background create and interesting background for someone with dark features and clothes.
Photo by John Fowler
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This is one of my favourite photos of all time from the Tsu Matsuri in 2011. I remember watching as these boisterous groups danced and shouted their way along the street, putting all their energy, enthusiasm and passion into the atmosphere for everyone to appreciate. During this group's performance, they broke formation so they could get close to the crowd and interact. I had the wrong lens on so I couldn't capture her completely and she was moving too fast for my shutter speed as she came up to us, giving high fives, but all that was created a serendipitous image. She is blurred slightly, which I think befits her energy. She is not fully in the frame which I think is fair enough, as what right do we have to completely enclose such a moment with boundaries? Lastly, her giant smile, with arms held wide in invitation makes me want nothing more than to join her. As I look on it again and again, I wish I had.
Photo by John Fowler
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This photo is not particularly inspiring, but has aspects of culture that we can all relate to and many have come to love. In it we have a main subject, looking slightly amused at the whole situation and a Japanese friend singing her heart out in the background. There is also another friend of mine, madly texting on his phone, something that we seem to all have accepted as common place, especially in Japan. While it may lack in the beautiful colours or historical symbols that many associate with taking photographs in Japan, it provides a nice snap shot of a very Japanese pastime.
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