Japanese

While I was taking these two shots at Yonge north of Davenport I met an old Japanese Canadian. I think I enjoyed talking to him for about 30 minutes–as much as he liked talking to me. We chatted about New York, Vancouver, Toronto, cameras, Japanese, and steaks. His friends are all dead, and although he might just have been telling me a story, he has no family in the city. He was born in Vancouver. I think he said he was 88. All his family has gone back to Japan. He smiled and laughed as he told me he was depressed. Maybe I’ll have to go back looking for him someday.IMG_2971The conversation made me think of Wayson Choy. He’s a Canadian of Chinese descent. I read The Jade Peony in the late 90s and it’s stuck with me. It deal with Vancouver and growing up as a child of Chinese immigrants, and touches on how Canada and Chinese Canadians treated the Japanese in Vancouver during the second world war. Maybe it’s time to read it again.

These two shots are in the windows of a closed building that may have been a furniture store. They looked distinctly out of place. They’re in display windows but they don’t look like display items. I had the feeling they had been there for years. IMG_2969

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Staging

I’ve been a little obsessed with an idea. Today in the rain I decided it was a good time to  attempt and execute something. This is where I ended up.

The odd thing is that this is not what I was thinking of doing, but now that I’ve happened upon it I like what it could turn into.

I created an eight inch four-sided cube out of back foamcore. I left two sides uncompleted to capture light within the structure. I set the structure on a sheet of black foamcore and used a black paper backdrop. This is the result. IMG_2916

The original intention was to use embroidery thread and create a webwork of lines within the structure by sewing from one side of the foamcore to the other. I’ll work on that still. These images however make me want to create the same sort of structure out of wood and paint it meticulously–including the edges of the boards–so it’s a uniform shade of black. I could then shoot that all black structure on a newly constructed background of  black foamcore or paper to remove imperfections, and maybe then shoot it underexposed or out of focus to enhance the effect.

I’ll work the same principle with white boards.

Hopefully I’ll achieve something temporal, sculptural, and somewhat illusional.

 

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