Photoessay: Transient glimpses

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All photography is of course transient; most of it is nothing more than a vicarious disconnected glimpse into the life of somebody else or timeline of another object’s point of view – other than self-documentary, there really isn’t such a thing as a continuous statement simply because a photograph lacks causality when viewed in isolation. Yet something about the people and subjects featured in this set – shot in the rain and winter in Tokyo and Kyoto – seemed to me especially poignant and fragile. It’s as though there’s both a sort of contemplative melancholy brought on by the season (and probably also lack of sun), but simultaneously an appreciation of the fleeting fragility of the moment. Perhaps introspection is the most appropriate description of the mood here. MT

This set was shot with a Nikon D850, 24-120/4 VR and processed with the Monochrome Masterclass Workflow. Experience Japan vicariously in How To See Ep.2: Tokyo.

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Comments

  1. I always go right to your photos and then return to read the commentary and how they were taken. I really enjoyed this set but I noticed that for at least the third time in recent posts, I saw that these were not taken with your Hasselblads. For some reason, I find the non Hassie photos more appealing. Not sure why (more human/emotional content?), or what that means, but couldn’t help making the comment.

    Regardless, I always enjoy seeing your images and reading your commentary.

    • Depends on which vintage or set the images were from, and also what I was doing at the time – in this particular case, was teaching and matched equipment with my class. Hasselblad images do much better on a medium that has size/bit depth to breathe (which is obviously not going to be web viewing).

  2. Casey Bryant says:

    Your consistency of light, subject, composition, idea are incredible. There’s these wonderful stories to each image. Thanks for sharing your work.

  3. Michiel953 says:

    Very interesting images Ming, they keep me looking at them.

    The B&W conversions for the 850 are very good; I wish I could reach the same level. I should teach myself to look at the world in B&W also when I’m carrying the 850,not just when I’m carrying my FM2n, FM3a or F2AS.

    And, apparently, contrary to popular belief, that 24-120 (a portable zoom) is not all that bad…

    • Thanks. Most sensors these days do a decent job after conversion; it’s mostly about managing your highlights (and whether you get better tonality by fastidiously avoiding clipping, or recovering afterwards). I quite like the 24-120 personally – I seem to be one of the few who does…

  4. evocative of small stories…

  5. Robert Estiandan says:

    The fifth photo does it for me! Great set, Ming!!!

  6. Fine photos…

  7. Photos look amazing

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