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November 1, 2005

Throngs of Shibuya

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/25s / f/4.5

Part of looking back at a collection of photos you've taken is having that photo act as a key to unlock a thought that had occurred to you when you were snapping the shutter. At the time I took this photo, I recall comparing the multitudes of people I had just left in my daily life in India to the people crossing this famous intersection.

In both places there were many twenty to thirty year olds. All were busy, in a hurry, trying to get where they were going. In both places there was a distinct sense of chaos. But in Japan, the people where well fed, clean and neat in their designer suits and shoes. There were no missing limbs or piles of garbage or billowing yellow-brown plumes of pollution from some unregulated factory. Only shiny bright lights and shiny bright people.

I remember the chill that having that thought gave me and the wash of guilt that followed. The contrast was exhilarating.


Posted by jordanh at November 1, 2005 6:00 PM |

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