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Sam Ryan
Sam Ryan

Sam hails from Tasmania, Australia and currently lives and works in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. Sam has been involved with a variety of fine arts related projects and events in Australia and Japan and particularly enjoys the diverse photogenic subject matter in Japan.If you are interested in viewing more of his works please visit one of the following internet addresses. Domestic and international sales available.

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オーストラリア・タスマニア州出身。愛知県在住。日本とオーストラリアで、数々の芸術プロジェクトに参加。「外国人から見た日本」をテーマに写真を撮り続けている。

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Avoiding the perfect photo /Sam Ryan

2012.10.17 | カテゴリー : 新着情報 | 投稿者名 :

It is the masses ability to seek out the newest and most tranquil destination and destroy it with commercial exploitation and a million tour buses. This is the same the world over, and it is the fate of these places that make it into the dizzying heights of popularity and tourist handbooks, that after their brief moment of stardom they slip back into obscurity and are replaced by another newly discovered or re-discovered location. A case in point would be the Kiso valleys declining popularity, and the surge of visitors to the Hida area in central Japan, which is also helped by the addition of a brand new highway to the area.


 




 

Japan has its own slant on these places, with the ever-present sales pitch of `Japanese uniqueness`, the melancholic poorly thought up mascot, and designated `perfect` photo spot where everyone lines up to take advantage of the `I’ve been there` syndrome.


I may be painting a negative picture of these places, but if you get your kicks from riding the subway in rush-hour then don’t be perturbed, buy your ticket to the cultural conga line and have a good time!!!


Although I’m not a crowd junky, I do love these places outside of the `designated best time to visit`, or even after 4PM when all the buses leave, after all, there’s a reason the popular is popular! This photo was taken at one of these places. Near the end of Autumn, when there was more leaves on the ground than left in the tree and the colors cannot get any redder it was then that I discovered Kourankei…well, not me….but the guide book and the millions of people before me….


I had actually put off visiting Kourankei for quite a while as I had been told numerous times that it was `the place to view Autumn leaves`. The day I went it was pretty cold, the mascot was hibernating, and I couldn’t find the `perfect photo` location at all. I did take advantage of the many other photo opportunities though and thoroughly enjoyed my day there.


This particular photo was taken at Hyakusai-ji Temple(百済寺) in the afternoon when the sun was highlighting the temple roof, so by using a fast shutter and aperture I could cut out a lot of the background and make it black. The image was tidied up using photoshop to remove some light patches that were still present at the top of the image.


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