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Wednesday Wander

I’ve been making Wednesday a mission day; to get out and shoot some city life. I’ve been posting these to Instagram, but when I post multiple photos, they don’t get automatically reposted here. So, for as often as I can, I’ll be posting “Wednesday Wander” photos here too. Many photos I’ll eventually add to my portfolio. See the links in the menu. Let me know what you think.

City of Ghosts on display at the Nagoya Foreign Artists Exhibition FAE2017

This is the first display by me for a few years. Please come and check it out, perhaps meet me, and see many other wonderful work by other expat artists. Details:

I’ll be there on Wednesday afternoon, late Friday, and some of Saturday and Sunday. This collection will expand in the coming year or so with more photos relating to this concept.

FAE2017 City of Ghosts exhibition panel

FAE2017 City of Ghosts exhibition panel

About the series

A film expert discovered the first colour footage taken of London. After reviewing this footage, he felt that whilst cities are permanent, in fact London has changed little since 1927, the people are constantly changing. Our lives are fleeting and transient, and so he said that people are like ghosts passing through the city. In fact, we live our lives, and carry out our affairs with earnest, energy, seriousness, and with hard determination. All of our struggles, achievements, disasters, love, loss, happiness, sadness, and more are lived out in these spaces called ‘a city’. However, what remains of our individual lives after we die? Very little. The architecture, the monuments, the transport spaces, offices, work spaces, the market spaces, the houses, and the culture of the people who survive today, which will be passed on and tweaked by each new generation. Otherwise, there is no memory of the individual people will remain, except for a few monuments. Even though we are alive now, we are already merely ghosts passing through the permanence of the city space.

Um especialista em cinema descobriu as primeiras imagens a cores tiradas de Londres. Depois de revisar estas filmagens, ele sentiu que enquanto cidades são permanentes, de fato, Londres mudou pouco desde 1927, as pessoas estão constantemente mudando. A nossas vidas são fugazes e transitórias e, portanto, ele disse que as pessoas são como fantasmas passando pela cidade. Na verdade, vivemos as nossas vidas e realizamos nossos assuntos com ânsia, energia, seriedade e com determinação. Todas as nossas lutas, conquistas, desastres, amor, perda, felicidade, tristeza e mais, são vividos nesses espaços chamados de “cidade”. No entanto, o que resta das nossas vidas individuais depois de morrer? Muito pouco. A arquitetura, os monumentos, os espaços de transporte, os escritórios, os espaços de trabalho, os espaços de mercado, as casas e a cultura das pessoas que sobrevivem hoje, que serão passadas e ajustadas por cada nova geração. De outro modo, não há memórias de pessoas individuais que permanecerão, com exceção de alguns monumentos. Embora estejamos vivos agora, já somos meramente fantasmas passando pela permanência do espaço da cidade.


ある映画専門家が、ロンドンを撮影した最初のカラー映像を発見した。この映像を鑑賞後彼は、街は永久不変である一方、―1927年からロンドンは少しだけ変わったと言えるが― 人々は絶えず変化していると感じた。彼はまた、我々の人生は儚く移ろうもので、人々は皆街をさまよう幽霊のようだとも言っている。事実、我々は自分達の人生を生き、固い決意とともに、熱心に、元気に、真剣に日々の業務を遂行する。我々のすべての苦労、成果、惨事、愛、喪失、幸福、悲哀といったものが、「街」という空間に生き延びている。しかし、我々の死後、個々の人生のうちで何が残るだろうか。ほとんど何も残らない。建築、記念碑、輸送空間、オフィス、仕事場、市場、家、そして今日生きる人々の文化は、新しい世代によって受け継がれ、改変されていく。そうでなければ、いくつかの記念碑以外に、個人の記憶は残らない。今生きているにも関わらず、我々は既に永久的な都市空間をさまよう幽霊にすぎない。

Summer theme photos #ModelCall in #Nagoya #名古屋

Wanted: Models. Men, women, young, old, whatever.

Theme: Japanese summer.

When: Summer (Any time now to mid-September), but contact me as soon as possible, so I can fix my schedule.

Where: Mostly Nagoya (Sakae, Shin-Sakae, Higashiyama Botanic Gardens, Tsurumai Park, or even Shin-Maiko on the Meitetsu Line), but I may also do a trip to Tokyo and Kyoto. For travelling models, look at my Nagoya, Kyoto, and Tokyo pages for ideas.


Young Japanese lady at Sensoji Temple with Tokyo Skytree in the background.


Why: Actually, I’m not normally available to shoot in summer in Japan, and so I have this big gap in my portfolio. Also, I really don’t know what to shoot, and so I need some practice and a chance to experiment with a summer theme.

Paid: For the right model, yes I can pay. Otherwise, TFP (Trade for photos), which is perfect for models wanting their first photos for their portfolios, for professional models wanting shots for their Instagram feed, and creative models & MUA wanting help on a project.

What: I’d prefer to show typical Japanese summer themes like fireworks, festivals, but also water and sea. However, I’d be happy to hear your ideas and creatively plan a shoot together.

What to wear: Depends on the theme and creative style we can plan. If a summer festival, then a yukata would be great. If in the city, then summer fashion themes. If you have another idea, please tell me.

More info: My standard model call (en) and モデル求人, 日本語 (jp).


Young American lady leaving a restaurant in Nagoya, Japan.

Found drone. If it’s yours, tell me the serial number.

Found drone. If it’s yours, tell me the serial number. Sorry, I can’t give you the jellyfish. ドローンを藤前干潟で見つけました。もし、持ち主の方がいましたらシリアルナンバーを教えてください。クラゲは残念ながらお渡しできませんが🤣

Drone found at Fujimae Tidal Flats, Nagoya Port.

Drone found at Fujimae Tidal Flats, Nagoya Port.

Drone found at Fujimae Tidal Flats

Drone found at Fujimae Tidal Flats

The drone was found on the mud flats upside down, with a jellyfish on it. It obviously had been awash with salty sea water and so it may be dead anyway.
Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2sDXXY0.
Drone found at Fujimae Tidal Flats, Nagoya Port.

Drone found at Fujimae Tidal Flats, Nagoya Port.

Update: Got the footage, and it seems the drone belongs to this guy with the controller. He and his buddy look so happy and proud. Contact me.
The probable owner of the drone found at Fujimae Tidal Flats, Nagoya Port.

The probable owner of the drone found at Fujimae Tidal Flats, Nagoya Port.


I’ve contacted DJI Japan asking if they can match the serial number on the drone with the owner. Their reply, below, says that they don’t not have the contact details. Next step: Drop it in at a police station. I’ve started to use #藤前干潟 on social media, as that seems to show the right location on Instagram and Twitter. If you can share this blog post with that hashtag, I’m sure it will help. 

It’s Golden Week in Japan. Enjoy.

It’s Golden Week in Japan, which is actually a few days plus a weekend of no-work. Golden Week is a collection of public holidays, and an agreement by companies to let their workers see their families. Right now, the highways and public transport systems will be clogged and backup for tens of hours as families try to get from city to city to see grandparents. This photo was take on Sunday, when Sakae closes off the main street that is lined with department stores in the centre of the trendy shopping area of the city. I missed the height of the day where there were stalls and shoppers moving freely between department stores. Japan is a very spending/shopping oriented culture. It is as if shopping is a national pastime. Update to the JapanesePhotos Instagram at: http://bit.ly/2qB1C5F. This photo, and others like it are available for sale in my Nagoya Gallery.

Naked Man Festival in video

I’ve covered the Kounomiya Naked Man Festival in the past; Kounomiya is the place and shrine near Nagoya, which is known in Japanese as Hadaka Matsuri, Hadaka means naked, and matsuri means festival. Below is the bigger spectacle in Okayama covered by the BBC just yesterday. Ceremonies for the Nagoya Kounomiya festival starts from this week, but the main event is on the 28th Feb 2018 (Kikuko Nagoya). If you want to participate in the this festival, you have less than 24 hours to can email Kikuko. Enjoy.

Correction: I just received an email alerting me to an error on a source website. The event is not 28th Feb 2017, but in 2018 (which is 13th January of the lunar year).

Model and MUA call in #Nagoya #名古屋

This is a open only to people who are or will be in Nagoya, Japan.

Basic info: The shoot is in Nagoya city, and only open to anyone (aged 20 and older); professional or amateur. I want to expand my tourism and art collection, and I need your help.

Two young women taking selfies at Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo.

Two young women taking selfies at Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo.

Wanted: male and female models or couples for (outdoor) traveller / tourist type of photos, candid-like street portraiture, and art. Clothing should be nice, simple, but of tourist-like appearance. It is possible that we cannot get a makeup artist, so be prepared to do your own.
MUA: Makeup artist to ensure the models look great and natural. Provide makeup work, basic hair setting, and nails. Also some general photo shoot assistance.

Theme: Tourists in Nagoya; Ghosts in the City.
Location: Streets and tourist areas of central Nagoya including Meieki and Sakae, Nagoya Castle, Atsuda Shrine, and others.
When: The New Year period, weekends in January, and weekdays/weekends in February and March.

Young twenty-something friends on a day out in Osaka.

Young twenty-something friends on a day out in Osaka.

Clothing: This is a low-budget shoot, so there is no wardrobe to be supplied. Please wear something that is fashionable, nice, simple, and with no brands or logos. Comfortable shoes is also best. Wear thermals or heat-tech underneath.
Pay: Models, ¥2,500/hour (Japanese currency); each shoot can be 2 to 4 hours. MUA, ¥5,000 for two hours, plus makeup kit expenses (negotiable). Multiple shoots are planned.
Required: Models will sign a model release to allow the photos to be used for commercial purposes. Also, a shoot plan will be sent a day or two before the shoot, please study and rehearse these poses.
Links: For general model call information in English and モデル求人日本語, see this announcement on Model Mayhem, Contact me here, or via JapanesePhotos.Asia for more information. My main portfolio is on PhotoShelter.


General advice: Please where full length heat-tech or thermal underclothing, and no clothing with brand logos or print designs. Please do not bring large or heavy bags; you can keep them in a train station locker.

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