Rough Scans from Most Recent Trip to Japan

The Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich, Kanazawa

Yudanaka

Kanazawa

Yamanouchi

Yudanaka

Yudanaka

Jigokudani Monkey Park, Yamanouchi

Yamanouchi

My Bed, Yudanaka

Private Onsen, Yudanaka

Yudanaka

Kenrokuen, Kanazawa

Yudanaka

Kenrokuen, Kanazawa

Jigokudani Monkey Park, Yamanouchi

Kanazawa

Yudanaka

Yudanaka

Kanazawa

Somewhere Near Yamanouchi

Tojinbo

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Tojinbo

Tojinbo

All Images © Emily Shur

Despite some mixed emotions, I guess it’s time to get back to normal life.  A girl’s gotta make a living, and I figure one of the best ways I can continue to support Japan is by honoring its’ beauty.  I have pulled together an overall edit, will make a book maquette, and see what’s up.  I don’t feel as though I am finished shooting, but I do have roughly 100 images that I am happy with which I’m hoping is enough to garner some sort of interest or better yet, a commitment.

Above are 25 of my favorites so far from my most recent trip to Japan.  I didn’t really do titles at this point…just some captions to give you an idea of where I was and what it looked like.  There might be a few of this group that come out or a few that I add in.  For some reason I’m real anal about round numbers, so 25 it is for right now.  Definitely couldn’t be 24 or 26.  However, could be 20…or 30…not real sure why that matters to me.  Anyway, I digress.  These pictures feel very small (I’m not talking about image size) to me right now, but I wanted to show at least some of them.  Plus, my mom really wanted to see.

15 comments to Rough Scans from Most Recent Trip to Japan

  • I’m lovin 2, 3, 19, 24, 25. Especially 3 something so quiet and serene about it. Look forward to seeing a possible book, good luck!

  • Bittersweet. This trip resulted in some great ones.
    Funny that you say you feel like you have not finished shooting. I was thinking the other day that perhaps you shoot keep shooting.
    Clearly I cannot speak for anyone Japanese, but I know it always feels good when someone highlights one’s home’s beauty.
    Your work, to me is a beautiful homage.

  • dh

    Some of your strongest work. Who knew that you went with your mom? how great!

  • Emily, these are wonderful. I’ll be first in line for the book!

  • Jason

    I’m assuming you used film? details?
    nice work, either way
    @iheartfilmphoto

  • These are lovely, some of my favourites from the series yet.

  • Judi Shur

    Thanks for posting these, Em. I love them. My favorite is #6 – for me, very evocative of the trip.

  • @Jason: Yes, always film. Mamiya 7II w/an 80 lens and some color neg. Never anything more or less.

  • Emily…I love the first, second, third and …once again you have surpassed even yourself.

  • Wonderful images! I especially like the first two, they make me think of your post where you wrote you wanted to make images unlike those you have already taken. Hope you get on well with your book and that it will be available soon!

  • Your admiration and respect for Japan and its people and culture comes through plainly in your work. I’d love to see you put together a book of this work, Emily.

    If you made me pick my two favorites here, those would be the two snow-covered cars, and the yellow chain links. Luckily, you won’t make me, so I can enjoy each image on its own.

  • Emily, what a wonderful series of images. Love them all but I think the third one from the top is my favourite. It’s hard to describe in words but your images are very calm and have a comforting and soothing nature. They make me stop and think.

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  • 400

    Great set, I like even more than the last one. Congratulations again, Emily!

  • These images seem to have a quiet quality, as if you were listening to something. It reminds me of when I was in Japan years ago and I would occasionally pause on a treet corner, trying to catch the spirit of that particular place.