Family portrait from 2007.

For now, for better or worse, I’m in effect maintaining two blogs, this one here and the one that is connected to the online gallery of some of my photography. I could integrate them I suppose, but right now I’m merely trying to see if I can maintain any of this for longer than a few weeks or months, so for now, my photography — and my commentary about it — will live there.

I’ve just posted a new essay on this family portrait of sorts that I took in 2007:

Without fail, those pictures I take where I think to myself, Oh that was a good one, I can’t wait till I get the negatives back, never materialize into keepers. It’s always the pictures I can barely remember taking that end up the treasures. 

You can read the full essay here.

Kiyoshi and accordion

Kiyoshi and accordion
Nagaoka Woody 45, Nikkor-W 180mm/5.6, 1/125, f.16, Fuji FP-100B45 instant film

Kiyoshi has been my private English student for almost 3 years now. He has been playing the accordion for about 14 years, having settled on the instrument after unsatisfying tries at the guitar, piano, and violin. Twice a week he teaches beginning and intermediate students at the community center. Because of the volume of the sound the accordion makes, he usually practices outside in the park as shown here. The accordion he’s playing here cost him around $8,000 USD, and was made in Italy. It isn’t the only one he has (though I think the others were not nearly as expensive). Kiyoshi is the father of two elementary school-age daughters, and works in the marketing department of a large printer manufacturing company.

Also (on color negative) here and here.