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Urban Gods, 1

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 27 August 2009 in Cityscape & Urban.

I consider Yakumo's World an artistic project, not a documentary one. As a result, the Kyoto you see here generally reflects the moods of the Iwakura area near my apartment rather than every aspect of the city.

But as a continuing artistic challenge to myself I have decided to try my hand more often at finding urban images. So for a few days in early August I headed downtown and I really enjoyed myself.

So yesterday's and the four images that follow are not "street photography" in the classic sense, nor are they lessons about Kyoto. Instead, they are a Yakumo's World take on the time and culture warps of a part of the city weighted with more than 1,000 years of history.

NIKON D300 1/100 second F/5.0 ISO 160 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

You were very quick for the comment on my picture, thank you.
Nice mixture of traditional Japan with the shrine and modern buildings surrounding. Nice capture of this little girl playing too.

27 Aug 2009 5:36am

ClaudiaBCN from Barcelona, Andorra

A very nice capture playing with the contrast of the modern building and the traditional shrine plus the dynamic element of the little girl on her bike !

27 Aug 2009 8:49am

Stovepipe from Ames, Iowa, United States

This is great, just the right amount of blur on the girl and bike to give a feeling of speed and youth among the old traditional elements.

27 Aug 2009 10:59am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like your Iwakura photos very much, but this new try is also nice. I understand how you really enjoyed yourself.

27 Aug 2009 11:34am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Tradition meets modernism.....Beautifully captured! ;-)

27 Aug 2009 11:56am

Illuci from Hurdegaryp, Netherlands

The best one I 've seen today, what a great picture, it has everything.

27 Aug 2009 6:46pm

grant from kansas city, United States

great shot! i love that bike and the crazy combination of structures.

27 Aug 2009 7:00pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Yakumo sees all. best...jerry

27 Aug 2009 10:36pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Oh, I beg to differ. This is a beautiful lesson about Kyoto. What a very charming image with the little girl tearing down the street.

27 Aug 2009 10:38pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

caught the shot just right with the tricycle rider girl here. awesome! =]

28 Aug 2009 9:58pm

Howard F. from South Pasadena, Calif., United States

Excellent capture.

29 Aug 2009 8:03am

Esther K ~ from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MALAYSIAN BORNEO, Malaysia

Like Jerry says......best! :-)

30 Aug 2009 1:46am

luwi from Innsbruck, Austria

I like the combination of old tratitional architecture in combination with new architecture, well composed image

1 Sep 2009 5:30am

Sugata from Newark, United States

Lovely combination of old and new structures!

2 Sep 2009 12:41am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Excellent! Great composition and colours

7 Sep 2009 2:06am

NIKON D300
1/100 second
F/5.0
ISO 160
30 mm (35mm equiv.)

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