About the Ebook
I love the images of the street – people in the moment, the ephemeral and often powerful statements of street art and graffiti. The moment, in Japan, includes the land, gardens, wood and stone, shaped through millennia by culture and time, survivors of apocalyptic wars, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. Taken in the summer of 2013, these photographs are from my first trip to Japan, first impressions of an Eastern culture I had only experienced through film, books, and museums. What I know about street photography I took with me, along with bags full of TriX and Portra film. For my partner, Claudia, this was pilgrimage, the realization of a life-long quest to return to the culture she had fallen in love with while living there as a child.
My favorite photography haunt is the street, people in the moment, street art & graffiti. I spend most of my shooting time around train tracks, fire barrels, coffee shop street tables, or simply wandering. If I am in a large city I am looking for great faces, or street art with a message. I have two cameras - a Leica M6 and a Canon 5D. I like to give away prints to the people I shoot. I carry a pack of them in the car in case run across people I've shot. People don't handle prints much any more, since images usually stay on a phone or computer. I notice people really like the visceral sensation of holding the image. My day job is running a large hospital-base home health agency. This is community care, a non-profit, & the people we take care of need our help. Shameless plug: check out my Etsy store at etsy.com/shop/KultureJam & my web site at KultureJam.org. You'll find lots street shots, train graffiti, street graffiti, animations, my blog, & lots of liberal politics. Cheers, Frank