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Flag of Japan  , Akita,
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The importance of the development of digital photography cannot be underestimated in Asia. Now everything can be photographed, everything captured. And yet, bizarrely not everything is. With the capacity for limitless image production, the Asians limit themselves to a few prescribed views, a catalogue of pre-ordained vistas. There are a plethora of photos taken of these, a whole memory-card full. But there are none looking the other way. None capturing the way the sun happens to be cascading through the trees here or the detailed shadow of the spiders web on this chilly morning. In these photos there is no appreciation of light, of colour balance - only of subject matter.
And a photo is not worth its salt, the subject matter is without a key ingredient, unless a friend or a loved one, or even a random stranger, is stood in front of the prescribed view and holding up two fingers in a cutsey V.

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