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Tokyo bookshops. There are so many. The numbers must be going up. I found this place on a quiet corner in Jimbocho today. Poured concrete + books is a pattern I’ve noticed over the years. It works, the contrasts in color and density.
Printed matter in Tokyo is stronger than ever. It’s surreal, the number of “Book Cafes” I passed just today. 10? 15? I knocked out 25km canvasing the city by bike. A January ritual — in my opinion, it’s perfect biking weather. 15 degrees give or take. Blue skies. Winter light, such a soft light. A good light to shoot anything, including bookstore shrines.
Another desert shot, this one from the #leicam10 (that’s real bokeh down there, folks). Funny how so much desert walking is dune ridgeline walking.
Second sunrise of the year, watched as an ever descending shadow on those far mountains. Worth the chill. The light held that particular glow for just a few minutes, brightened, then flooded the village below.
The Chefchouen blues are nice but it's really the accent colors that make the blues so special. Thinking a lot about sustainable, accessible architecture here in Morocco. Buildings integrating with their surroundings, community, city textures, pallets, light, and kitty cats.
To a new year of more disconnection, more walking, more mountains, more hugs, more books, more published words, and more camels.
To make a book walk on a book. Cut it up. "Walls work too — a book can be made on a wall. But floors are easier. And there’s something joyful about the tip-toe dance you do across a room when it is filled by a book." Emerging from my twenty five day fellowship at the @ragdale_foundation and remembering how non-negotiable disconnection is to a certain kind of work.
Good farmhouse light, smoke from the irori.
New residency starts today, going dark in a little town just outside of Chicago for a month. Sending out a Roden mailing list update in a few hours. Subscription link in bio. See you all on the other side.
Tonight's big sur skies, more long exposure tests. ~15seconds, iso 400, f/1.4. (Glowing sky in first shot is from light pollution coming out of … Carmel? Monterey? Santa Cruz? … not the last of the day's sun.)
@kyotojournal is a beautiful, lovingly produced publication that's been around for thirty years. In their words it's a "Kyoto-based non-profit, volunteer-driven quarterly magazine presenting thought-provoking insights from Kyoto, Japan and all of Asia."
Originally all print, in the last decade they've shifted to a largely digital-first model. This latest issue (issue 89), however, is their first print issue in seven years and … my it's gorgeous. More info on their website, kyotojournal.org.
Long exposure tests with the M10. It seems to have a max exposure time of 125 seconds, not too long but long enough if you crack the lens to f/1.4 and maybe inch the ISO up to around 400.
Moss cleaning, moss de-weeding, moss un-mossing of undesirable moss. Can only be done by hand, beautiful blue workwear, hats, faces hidden, unwilling to make eye contact. I hovered for about fifteen minutes waiting to chat with one of them but they were so focused, I decided not to break their concentratioin.