Shinagawa Jinja Shrine; Tokyo, Japan

This summer I was living in Tokyo and working as an intern at the Japan Times. One day my boss asked me if I would go to a festival at the Shinagawa Jinja Shrine to take pictures for a weekend events piece. I took the JR Yamanote line from my office to Shinagawa Station and walked to the shrine through a pleasant neighborhood to the shrine. I am always surprised how quiet parts of Tokyo are, despite being the world’s largest city. I arrived just as the evening’s ceremonies were beginning and took these photos.

There are thousands of shrines all over Tokyo, big and small. Most of them have a festival unique to the specific shrine that happens once a year. The festivals usually include a temple that gets carried around by men as well as other ceremonial activities. Unfortunately, I’m still not as familiar with religion in Japan as I am other aspects of the country.

None of my photos ended up getting used, but the experience was still one of the most memorable in my entire time in Japan!

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This is the alter that was going to get carried the next day.
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Chris

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Dead end

About a week ago I went to visit MacLeay Park in Portland. The park is one of my favorites not only for its natural beauty but because of all the Portland history behind it. I’m a huge history buff.

I was intending to use up the last few shots on my current roll of film, but nothing caught my eye. After enjoying the park for a while, ice cold rain started to fall so I called it a day and headed back to my car.

About a block away I noticed this scene and knew I’d found something special. This old Lincoln with New Jersey plates and ‘suicide’ doors was sitting next to a dead end sign. It was just what I was looking for.

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Gotham

I just got a roll of Kodak T-Max 400 film back from the lab. The pictures are incredible! I just don’t think I would be able to reproduce this same look with digital.

I took this photo in Chicago right after Thanksgiving. If you’re a Dark Knight fan like me you’ll get the reference.

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Chris

My portfolio

Lately I’ve been working on picking out some of my best photos in order to put together a formal photography portfolio. Although, as a political scientist, I’ll likely never have a professional need for a photo portfolio, it’ll be nice to be able to showcase my work for friends. Putting together a portfolio has also allowed me to see just how much my abilities have improved since I started taking photos, and get a sense of what my ‘style’ has become.

These first four were taken on my film camera with Kodak Porta 400. I’m getting more and more addicted to film. I put a lot of thought into composing my film pictures and I really enjoy the whole process. The results can be stunning!

Other than that the pictures are in no particular order. Enjoy!

Daises
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Waiting
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Spectrum
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Blue
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Juxtaposition
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Reflection
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Crowds
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Rebel
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Twilight
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Sunset
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Prickly
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Timberline
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Clouds
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Trestle
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Buoy
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Market
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Rainier
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Wenatchee
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Chris