Visiting Japan with german cameras

by Ole Bo Jensen August. 13, 2019 109 views

In 2013 I decided to go to Tokyo and visit the metropol, along with my 2 Leica M9's, 35mm Summilux and 21mm Elmarit.

The first thing that struck me (besides having a hotelroom at the size of a shoebox), was that the japanese culture is to not have eye contact in the street.

I'm used to be noticed, 193cm tall, blond and photographing, but in Tokyo I was invisible. Even in the packed trains, openly photographing my fellow travellers, nobody didn't even look. Strange.

Smartphone revolution in the making. The escape from the reality of other peoples presence.

Smartphone revolution in the making. The escape from the reality of other peoples presence.

The smartphone revolution was very strong in 2013 and Tokyo and being a stranger with no eye contact, and no 3G coverage really hit me as urban loneliness.

Metro system, Tokyo

Metro system, Tokyo

The Leica's are great for being a 'Fly on the wall' and the perspective of 35mm great for peopleshots. The M9 was not a fast camera and I tried to keep it under 1000 iso to not have to much noise, sometimes causing a bit motionblur in the pictures.

Double loneliness in Tokyo Park.

Double loneliness in Tokyo Park.

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Heike 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Interesting pics and I didn't know that in Japan they avoid eye contact in the public. It must be indeed strange, because in other parts of the world, large people are often stared at.

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Ole Bo Jensen Replied to Heike 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, Heik, totally different from India or Bangladesh where people just gather around me as the only european person.

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