I have been away from this blog for far too long. Perhaps it because of the banal nature of such things that they are always pushed aside for the stark reality of work, family, paying the bills, checking the mail, food shopping, sleep...or lack there of.
As a baby boomer I am a person that is not of the digital age. I did not grow up with a cell phone permanently placed in front of my face. I prefer real conversations with theal people over sitting with automotons who constantly text and tweet and all that non sense.
That is why there is not much more that excites me than getting out and about in the city that I love, doing one of my favorite things - shooting photos, with people who have the same passion. For sure we all approach it differently. Everyone sees the world from their own perspective, and there is no doubt that some in the group are of the digital age. But ironically, there is something uniquely analog to the pursuit of physically taking photos, even if one does so digitally. Something that could indeed be a metaphor for the back drop to all of this - Tokyo.
Tokyo is a place where not much needs to be said in the public space. People passing in the street, people cramped on a rush-hour-train, people sitting at the counter at a soba shop - all have no expectation of human interation beyond sharing the same space. Perhaps that is what drives people towrds all things digital. Even a group of photographers, out for a shoot together through the streets, rarely engage in conversations, preferring instead to get the shot, capture the image, trap their prey so that they can upload it into the digital universe, share it, and complement each other...online of course.
And Tokyo plays gracious host, not wanting to be defined, always providing a unique moment that leave us wondering what just happened. I surely enjoy travelling to other places, shooting other things. The country is nice, with its blooming flowers, especially this time of year when we are on the bring of ume and sakura. And I suppose landscapes and such things are nice as well. Perhaps when I am older, that will be what I seek. But for now, for me, in this life, it is this city. I suppose it is the reason I do not travel so much or find the need to travel. Every time I think of going somewhere interesting to perhaps shoot some things, I always realize that I do not get out and about enough in Tokyo.
So this year I hope I find the time to get out and interact with the city more. Like a person being rewarded from quiet time with a friend, the photographer is always rewarded from quiet time with the city - alone or in a group - it does not matter. Although I am not of the digital age I am in the digital age, and as much as I try to exist without it, I am forced to admit that if I do not shoot it and post it, it will not be seen. So this year I hope to commit more to the digital age and see some more wondrous sights of my favorite city.