Wonderful Details from the Past

Gion Doorway - Kyoto, Japan

Gion Doorway – Kyoto, Japan

One of the things I like about the Gion district in particular and Kyoto in general, are the wonderful old structures. Sure, there’s a lot of historic temples and shrines, but I like the regular stuff too, where the ordinary people live, work and shop. There’s nothing unusual about this building, it looks like many in this area. However, in many other parts of Japan, you don’t see this kind of detailing anymore.

I suppose it’s the same in the U.S. and perhaps many places in the developed world. The old world detail gets stripped away because of the cost and maintenance involved. Compare a historic brick townhouse in Philadelphia or Boston to the “colonial” styled houses in the suburbs. You know what I mean. The same type of thing can be said about Japan, unfortunately.

I made this picture with the Olympus PEN-F and Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4. It’s the same combo I shoot these days, on the street, to get that classic 50mm framing. And while I default to the contrasty and gritty monochrome JPEG mode on the PEN-F, I also shoot in RAW, which I use when I want color. Here, I brought out the richness in the wood with additional post processing and by applying a film-ish look.


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5 thoughts on “Wonderful Details from the Past

  1. It looks very Japanese. I’d move there, except that I don’t speak or read Japanese. Plus I don’t think the Japanese grant permanent residency to people so easily. So I guess I’m not very likely to move there.

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