Posts Tagged ‘ black and white ’


I’ve been feeling pretty sick today. I think I caught a cold or something. I couldn’t even make it to class today. I felt a little better after taking a short walk, but my neck is killing me from sleeping on it wrong. On another note, I’m extremely broke. I think I have $2 in my savings and I’ve had to resort to using my credit card again. I can’t wait to graduate so I can get a job that pays well.


It’s been really hard keeping up with the blog recently haha. I’ve been shooting, but it’s mostly dull assignments for class. Not fun at all. On the other hand, I have about 20+ rolls of film that I’ve accumulated over the past month that need to be scanned. I’ll get things together soon.

I’ve been looking more at Rinko Kawauchi’s work (my professor shows quite a lot of her work in class) and that led me to also check out the likes of Keiko Nomura, Yuuki Touyama, Emi Fukuyama, etc. I think I want to make different kinds of photos for a bit. More on that later.


It’s been a couple weeks, huh? I’ve been busy with work and most recently, summer classes. I’m currently taking a beginners darkroom course. I didn’t exactly realize how basic the course is, however, and I could tell it’s going to be a pretty tedious class. The Prof and TA are very chill, though so  I don’t think it’ll be too bad. I’m having a hard time talking to anyone else in the class, though. Everyone seems to be some fucking hipster who thinks it’ll be cool to shoot film or just taking the class to graduate. Besides myself, I think only 1 or 2 other people came to learn. Here’s a quote from John Sypal (owner of Tokyo Camera Style) that I found pretty interesting:

“Not every picture is a “Great Shot!” but that’s part of the point. I’m exhibiting several hundred one-of-a-kind instant prints mostly out of personal interest but partly as a reaction/challenge to those who preach a kind of photography that’s limited to the pursuit of “AMAZING IMAGES”, or something like that.  “Take your photography to the NEXT LEVEL” ?  Really, there’s only one level—and that’s the base from where you stand with a camera and make your pictures.  That’s it.  The rest is just marketing and the internet is full of it from the photo-imaging industry to Internet Photo Personalities pushing their synergy/brand to sell spots on expensive photowalk-shops.  Putting in work is the only way to figure things out. You have to do it yourself, for yourself.

All that really matters is your own enjoyment and insight into what you find worthy of recording with your camera.  Why exhibit? Hopefully seeing the work of others openly broadens your own understanding of life and art.

At the same time there’s a popular expectation that behind every artistic expression there lies some romantic view about of the agony of creation or the preciousness of the artist’s soul-vision made form. Apparently this is supposed to help make an encounter with said expressions somehow more serious or worthy of contemplation. But seriously, clouding up the vibe with pretentious dumb junk isn’t worth it.

How’s this for an ARTIST STATEMENT:  I took these photos; I want to show you these photos.


“I want you to remember me. If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”


Wow already halfway though June. My summer classes start in a month. Can’t wait for that unlimited use of SF State’s darkroom!


逢いたいのに -いつも- うまくいかない


Today I had my first final. It wasn’t exactly hard, but it required a lot of writing, which is always super tedious. Afterwards, I did some shooting with Sean and then had some shabu shabu to celebrate his graduation. Congrats bro!

I finally got around to scanning this roll I shot awhile back. This was the same day we went to the Winogrand exhibition at MoMA.