My random pictures are so so random. So I’m walking down my street with three close friends who were having a beer on my front porch. Spring in February. We were all headed to watch the sunset at the beach at the end of my street. Not a single soul there except us. For about a minute and then out of nowhere comes this young woman with red hair that just popped in the sunset light. Cold call. May I please take your picture ? I can’t do it quite right on Instagram but I can print this to look like a brushstroke on canvas. That’s what I saw. Thanks Karly. I texted you the picture. #obx #redhair
The time to shoot pictures at this OBX fishing pier is in the middle of summer. The click clack of balls on the pool table , ding ding ding from the pinball machines and a lot of flashing lights from all the video games let you know that you are alive and well in middle America. I’m not knocking it. I’m part of it . Some folks walk fast with a mission through the game room and out onto the pier to bait and cast. The reason the pier is here is for those guys after all. Yet none of it happens in winter. All 5 of our fishing piers close down before Christmas and open again in March. Our piers are summer social gathering places in recent years. Each pier with its own personality and demographic . Yet a nice winter day as this one feels just right. Winter let’s me get some work done, kills mosquitos, and the locals own the place once again. On a day like today the chrystal clarity of the light and the smell of a cold sea make me think winter is pretty special after all.
Finally back home after 3 weeks in Tokyo. Cats were happy to see me in a cat sort of almost don’t give a shit way. Yet they love the lovin..My friends Frank and Dawn take care of my cats and my house while I’m gone. They also re decorate at will.. Each time a new art object. This is a corner of my small kitchen with a totally new exhibit. My silver gelatin test print strips from my Haenyeo show at Look3 in 2015 and back in the stairwell is now an 11×14 contact print of Georgia O’Keefe by Yosuf Karsh. Up the narrow stairwell up to my bedroom will be a gallery .Of small prints.Thinking Japanese. Use space wisely. It’s great to back home and the moveable feast. Thanks Frank and Dawn for the most recent slice of our mythical reality show MSA (Movjng Shit Around).
TKO. I’ve been in Tokyo for over two weeks and somehow with not a single day of just shooting. This is my last day. Heading home tomorrow. So I’ll probably just wander a bit. I’m in a area of used book shops, so it’s hard not to just want to fill up a suitcase with books. It’s also so easy to see why Moriyama is Moriyama. Place and culture totally determine at least an element of style. Japan is the opposite vibe of where I normally work. No eye contact no hello to somebody you haven’t officially met. Gaijins will always be gaijins. I probably break every cultural rule every day. Not on purpose of course. At the same time IF you get “inside” there is a very special warmth. Strip away cultural mores and religion and humanity is humanity. There is nothing better than learning. Nothing better than accepting. Nothing better than a haiku to sum it all up.
Dan’s Hair. I’ve been mentoring 13 students for the last week in Tokyo, so I’ve been focused on 110% on their work. No time to shoot myself. The only thing I’ve published here on IG are a few pictures from 10 feet in front of my hotel or from the @magnumphotos office. Dan is Editorial Manager at Magnum. That’s ok I always like to shoot whatever is right around me anyway. Practice, exercise, play.Yet I’ve a couple of free days now before I head home, so maybe I’ll take some time to go beyond random diary pictures. On the other hand maybe not. I have no photo project going here. I tend to prefer having a handle. Still I tend to shoot everyday no matter. So we will see. I’ve been on the move since mid October, or actually since June 1967, so I’m looking forward to taking February “off” before rolling back to Puerto Rico for the whole month of March and Beach Games book project shooting and a workshop as well. Nice hair Dan.#tokyo#dahworkshop #magnumtokyoworkshop
A portrait of my photo workshop class in Tokyo on the balcony of @magnumphotos. We worked hard all week, partied hard last night, and will show our collaborative efforts tomorrow night to an assembly of the Tokyo photo community. There’s nothing quite like the bonding experience of a workshop. The intensity of the effort makes it so. If you are in Tokyo on Sunday , please come to see our show at the gallery Reminder Photography Stronghold. #tokyo#magnumtokyoworkshop #dahworkshop