Here’s a bit more of the Gion neighborhood, which I’ve directly and indirectly showcased, for the last severals posts. In additional to wonderful building details, I believe it’s the scale of the place that matters so much. If the buildings are too tall, or the streets too wide, the sense of intimacy, which gives us humans comfort, is lost.
The buildings, streets and surrounding plazas should be viewed as outdoor rooms. They should have a flow to them but also a sense of enclosure. It’s hard to imagine modern places with such a narrow street. I’m sure many places, especially in the U.S., have building codes that prevent this type of construction.
I used the Olympus PEN-F and the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 to create the photo, which is not what I typical used to shoot cityscapes. In the past, it was all about the super wide-angle with the HDR cherry on top. How things have changed.
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