We took a lot of photos on our 4 week trip across Japan so there will be a few blog posts to follow once we catch up with our processing.
We started in Tokyo and after a day trip to Nikko Park, we headed to Jigokudani (Hell’s Valley) in the Japanese alps to see the snow monkeys. From there we travelled to Matsumoto before joining the ancient Nakasendo hiking trail, walking from Nagiso to Otsumago ending at Magome. We then continued by train to Takayama then Kanazawa and then Hiroshima. From there we went to Kyoto before travelling up Mount Koya and then ending with a few days in Osaka. Our itinerary mostly comprised places of which we knew little or nothing – and unless you’ve been there, you may feel the same. We hope that our blog posts and photos will help to bring these wonderful places alive – it will certainly indulge us as we relive that incredible month.
So, starting with Tokyo. We arrived, tired after our long flight but excited to explore. The drive to our hotel in the Tokyo bay area took us past some interesting architecture
and the view up the the river from our hotel was pretty impressive.
We loved the skyscrapers and high towers
but we also loved the contrasts of old and new for instance at Hamarikyu Gardens
and indeed, the narrow old streets of Golden Gai
and restaurants down dark alleys.
Walking about at night, the street scenes
and huge adverts reminded us of scenes from Bladerunner.
Perhaps this is what inspired Paul’s double exposure shots
He was also fascinated by the sculptural fire-escapes and their shadows
while Lynn’s attention was drawn to the lights.
We had a mix of weather over the trip including some rain in Tokyo allowing a few umbrella shots.
We hope you enjoy this first glimpse of our photos of Japan – next blog post will feature our photos of the people of Tokyo.
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We can’t really do a series of blog posts on Venice without doing one focused on canals, gondole and gondoliers. Not that all those navigating upright are gondoliers. This elderly gent was a cool guy with one hand on the oar while holding his pose.
Or adjusting his shades.
We resisted the lure of the gondola trip but everywhere we looked, there were gondole full of tourists.
It could get a tad congested at junctions.
Paul got some close-ups with the tele-focus.
Gondolier Portrait, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
A very determined looking gondolier.
I’m not sure I’d want to be steered around by someone born to fight but possible useful at those busy junctions.
Photographer crouching down and captured with reflection…
Of course, boats are not just for tourists – all goods brought into Venice have to come by boat.
And locals (and a few canny tourists) use the traghetto which are plain gondole used to ferry folk across the Grand Canal which costs €2 for visitors and can save a lot of walking.
The quieter side of Venice, Cannaregio, feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the San Marco or San Polo – it’s well worth a wander and there’s a great restaurant with live music over there, Il Paradiso Perduto, and a lovely little wine bar Vino Vera we can strongly recomment.
Our Italian trip started with a few nights in Venice. We had spent a week here 4 years previously but that was BP – Before Photography (or at least what photography has become for us – shooting in raw, looking beyond the obvious, envisaging the world in black and white). So, unsurprisingly, we took a lot of photos. This blog post focuses on Venice by night.
We have to start with a fairly classic view. We stayed in a pensione opposite the Santo Stefano church, a short walk from this bridge which attracts many tourists snapping away whether with mobile phones on selfie sticks or full frame cameras; it is a beautiful spot with domes of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the distance.
The bridge is itself lit with these rather rickety-looking lights which had a slightly sinister tinge when you are passing over the deserted bridge late at night.
Once back over the bridge, the Campo Santo Stefano is a popular hangout with restaurants and the best Gelateria we found in Venice, the Paolin. Perhaps that’s why so many families lingered in the square – this one playing with toy lights.
This stall outside our pensione sold such toys along with all sorts of other vital supplies – even at night, Italians might need to buy some sun glasses.
Despite being main thoroughfares, canals are generally unlit beyond the light which reflects from the buildings and narrow lanes between the buildings. This makes for interesting reflections.
Or darkness which sets the architecture off beautifully.
As everywhere, smokers can be found lurking in dark corners.
There was an event at the local theatre which looked like a graduation party with everyone done up to the nines – this group were being waved off by their parents at the start of their evening.
‘Edinburgh – Our City’ – Photographic Prints & Etchings at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016 Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition
This is one of a series of posts showing the image selections for our exhibition, ‘Edinburgh – Our City’, which includes a wide range of etchings and prints showing our take on our home city, Edinburgh.