Stills V3

February 19, 2009

A Spider Plant

Filed under: akikana — akikana @ 06:41

Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.



  1. Another picture with a primate. The beginning of a theme?

    If I didn’t know better, from your photos I’d think that all of Tokyo was just eloquently balanced.

    Comment by matt — February 19, 2009 @ 14:01

  2. Nice. Geometry, almost-symmetry & a plant. Always a winning combination.

    Comment by doonster — February 19, 2009 @ 21:36

  3. ah the balance – the full window and the full eye, the half window and the half cropped eye. The vertical brick stripe, the vertical writing, the window bars. Then the ‘film strip’ on the poster, the ‘film strip’ on the shot of the tiles and the ground/ plant


    Comment by Gordon — February 20, 2009 @ 01:24

  4. As so ever with these shots of Tokyo, I am always struck first about Japanese detail. At the risk of repeating myself: one would not see this tiling or brickwork in the UK, nor in Europe or the US. In UK, putting up a poster like this would be considered as anti-social behaviour (it might be in Japan for all I know), but this looks like carefully considered style.

    This certainly looks good tonally. Others have made the comments about geometry etc.: my favourite feature is the position of the two curtains. As to the carefully placed vertical (T), I think this teeters on the edge of nailing the asymmetry: the poster and window on the right are dangerously close to not balancing out the left-hand window and the plant. One can sense the struggle to get the position right.

    Comment by John Ellis — February 20, 2009 @ 07:51

  5. This seems a bit contrived to me. By which I mean that it calls attention to the fact that the photographer has chosen the frame. The contents of the frame (as always, to me) don’t seem like a natural set.

    Comment by Colin — February 20, 2009 @ 14:07

  6. I was struck by the tones and the T of the wall and roof tiles.

    I am not so sure now about how necessary the spider plant is.

    Comment by Rex — February 22, 2009 @ 20:13

  7. straight on is not the view we come to expect from your pictures of Japan.

    I like it for the reasons Gordon raises and also see it as a forced picture, a graphic design. But who cares if I like it.

    My interest is caught in the tiles, are these covering a drain pipe? is the dark slot in the gutter an opening for drain water to flow away from the building? Such a precision job could not happen in Australia.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 25, 2009 @ 06:01

  8. A graphic design within a graphic design — as a graphic designer this works very well for me! Like looking at the wall of a gallery. That curtain behind bars on the left is particularly appealing to me.

    Comment by Christina — February 25, 2009 @ 22:31

  9. What amuses me (I’m strange) is that the column of bricks topped by the tile roof brings to mind a tree and the windows and posters feel like ornaments hanging from the tile “branches”. The wonderful balancing act, along with all the textures and the peeking primate, the insinuation of more eyes peeking from behind the curtains, as well as the unruly haircut of the plant—it all comes together for great fun.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 26, 2009 @ 00:36

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