Lomo Purple can be fun or it can be frustrating. I’ve been using it super lomo-style with a vintage Minolta I bought for 500 yen. It don’t come with a lens and I bought a 50mm to go with it for 10x that but c’est la vie. I meant to use the Minolta for pinhole work by adapting it with a lot of tape and a canon pinhole lens cap. I don’t always have the patience for pinhole and I love that 50mm lens.
It was rainy and gray and a bit chilly in Amsterdam and I think Lomo Purple did a good job of getting that across. Below are some unedited photos I just scanned today (6 months later). I think I like this better than the Lomo redscale.
Ever wonder what an ebi (shrimp) sushi would do if it had the opportunity to travel a bit? Wonder no more! Ebijiro is here to demonstrate. On a brief trip to Belgium and Amsterdam I photographed this sushi in different locations. A friend described this photo project as “somewhere between hilarious and freakingly odd.” I was elated because, yep, that’s pretty much the tone I strive for. You can see the original posts at my instagram or searching for #ebijiro or #shrimpstagram.
Ebijiro and the airplane window at Narita.
Ebijiro and the train window in Brussels.
At Brussels Midi Station Platform going to Elizabeth.
Ebijiro and the Tin Tin mural in Brussels.
Ebijiro and Elizabeth chocolate shop near Grand Place.
Ebijiro and the fabulous cheese shop in Brussels.
Ebijiro and the give a euro/ take a euro..
Ebijiro and the salt shaker at the Grand Clef D’or in Brussels.
Ebijiro and the curry chicken rotisserie.
Ebijiro in Grand Place, Belgium.
Ebijiro in Brugge.
Ebijiro and cobblestones in Brugge.
Ebijiro and the mocha set at Gulliver Tree in Brugge.
Ebijiro and the ATM choices in Amsterdam.
Ebijiro and the tulips of Amsterdam.
Ebijiro and gouda.
Ebijiro loves Van Gough.
Ebijiro and the heart lock on a canal in Amsterdam.
Ebijiro and the souvenirs.
Ebijiro and Foam. Photography love.
Of course, it’s not a real shrimp. That would be smelly. It’s one of those extremely realistic plastic food models for which Japan is famous.
I love this intersection between travel and toy photography. From the moment I saw the Travelocity gnome photos and the gnome postcards from the movie, Amelie, I felt this… freakingly odd connection. I actually started doing this kind of photography a few years ago with a clay star I call Estello. I got a few strange looks (okay, many strange looks) but I also met a lot of other people doing the same thing. The different objects people choose for their avatar reveals a lot about the person. Mostly people use stuffed animals.
I’ve been doing Estello for a while. He even has his own blog, Estello Project (though it’s in desperate need of an update). I love how the moldable oil-clay can interact with the environment, but that movement comes with a price. It’s very messy. Dirt gets in the clay, clay gest on fingers, sets and cameras. So Estello is currently in a period of development as I search for a material that isn’t so difficult to work with. On this trip I was a bit disappointed that I’d be doing only “regular photography” until I saw this shrimp sushi at the airport and thought, why not?
What I enjoy beside the humor of photographing a shrimp all over Europe, is the challenge of finding new ways to look at places. I’m thinking about light and perspective in a new way. Ebijiro, and this photography give me a different way to engage with the places I travel. It’s another tool in my photographic thinking kit.