Chilling Me Softly
Yesterday was fun. Like, TOTALLY! It was one of the best photowalks I’ve ever been to here in Japan, and with good reason. To begin with, I prepared a tad too much and so messed it up completely, just like me; in the morning I plugged in the battery to charge it despite it having more than half the life remaining, and so in the evening I headed back home for a quick shower, change of clothes and a snack, then grabbed the camera and headed out. All good, only minor glitch in the whole plan is that I promptly forgot the battery and left it home. And didn’t realize it till I arrived at the Harajuku station which is where the meetup people were supposed to… meet.
But luckily my friend Aurora was there, to whom I promised I’d be her wingman for the day, but now without a camera I was only going to be able to just do that anyway, but she was cool to let me borrow her camera whenever we cornered an unsuspecting victim; because the theme of the photowalk for the day was portraits of strangers, as in we were supposed to talk to random strangers and get them to pose for us. It was a fun experience with us having varying degrees of success from some people just turning away coldly to some others being completely confused and let us take the photos anyway to few more actually finding it rather cool and wanting to take pictures with us with their mobile phone cameras too! Finally when we gathered together again, in front of the station, this lovely girl was chilling with the guitar without a care in the world. I approached her and asked her permission with a thumbs up and she was totally cool for it. I think the photo itself turned out rather okay, though I could have done better composition wise at least.
After the photowalk it was time for food and beer, and as always, that too was fun.
These are two more photos from the last week’s “Drink & Click” event in the neighborhood of Harajuku Station, Tokyo.
The first one was a pleasant surprise. As mentioned in the previous post, Google had brought some models and we (well, the others) were photographing them while walking along the streets with them. Practically, they were taking us wherever they pleased, and at one point there was a rather dark alleyway to which they ventured into. I was thinking to myself “there’s nothing here!” when we turned a corner and the lovely building in the first picture greeted us!
The second picture has an even better story behind it. Like I mentioned before Trey Ratcliff was attending the party, and when I was getting ready to shoot the second picture I noticed he had only just finished taking more or less the same one. I made a mental note to keep and eye for that photo, whether it’ll turn up in his portfolio, and he didn’t disappoint. A couple of days later he had it up in his Google+ stream which was pretty damn well processed. So I attempted to emulate what he had done, and predictably fell short of the mark, but still I like the way it turned out.
If you’re interested, his photo can be found here.
Last week a photowalk named “Drink & Click” was going to be held in Tokyo, during which time Trey Ratcliff was also going to be in Town. The organizer of the photowalk happened to be friends with Trey, so he invited Trey and somehow Google joined in as well. Perhaps because the Google+ head Vic Gundotra was in town and they work closely with Trey. Either way it turned out to be sort of a proper Google+ event.
Google had brought some Japanese models with them so we could walk along the streets and take pictures as much as we liked. Unfortunately I’m in a transition from Canon DX to Nikon FX, so, I only have a Nikon 16-35mm wide-angle lens with me which is more or less useless for that sort of photography.
So I ended up photographing landscapes and ironically, plastic models.