Stills V3

October 28, 2008

Dustbin Evolution?

Filed under: akikana — akikana @ 04:12

Nishihara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.



  1. Dustbins don’t so much evolve as proliferate! After a couple of days in Paris and London, one is struck by how the ground-level cityscape teems with bins of all sizes and colours, along with boxes for the excess.

    Then I think of the UK’s belated moves (through fragmented local council initiatives) to begin recycling and your picture reminds me more of that; although I suppose that recycling is a form of evolution of waste disposal.

    Back to the photo. You want this to be about dustbins and for me it is also about Japanese culture and aesthetics. Neat, clean, orderly and topped by a wonderfully toned shrub/tree. I’m tempted to come back with the London equivalent!

    Comment by John Ellis — October 30, 2008 @ 07:45

  2. Or, is this a dustbin “family” with Papa Dustbin, Mama Dustbin and all the little Dustbins lines in a row?

    Comment by Anita Jesse — November 1, 2008 @ 02:34

  3. I find this lacks the impact of some of your other ‘street detritus’ images due to the lack of simplicity. I do like the humour and I will point out to Anita that they cannot be of the same family, the end two are of a different genus. (non plastic bin) :-)

    On a technical point the blacks appear to be a bit muddy in comparison to most of your other images.

    Comment by Rex — November 2, 2008 @ 07:50

  4. Oh, so neat, and very funny. It does also say much about the Japanese culture, as John said. A good one for your book, I think.

    Comment by Christina — November 4, 2008 @ 03:14

  5. It is interesting to get an idea of a culture of a people without meeting the actual people.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — November 5, 2008 @ 04:19

  6. The negative is badly underexposed. I need to work on this some more to bring out the details a little better. Rubbish for collection is mainly put out on colection day in plastic bags and placed under a mesh netting. This is in order to keep the crows off. Not always succesful and the resultant mess is cleaned up my the local resident who ‘guards’ the rubbish collection spot. It is unusual to find dustbins placed out but in my neighbourhood (nishihara/oyama-cho) they seem a little more prevalent. Thanks for the comments.

    Comment by akikana — November 5, 2008 @ 05:37

  7. ‘It is interesting to get an idea of a culture of a people without meeting the actual people.’

    Indeed, like photographic archaeology.

    FWIW, I’d let the black just go completely black, particular that bit of fence under the trees. Muddiness solved then.

    Comment by matt — November 6, 2008 @ 13:34

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