Last week I explained why I take photos of drain covers, and why that makes Japan so interesting for me. Today is our last day in Japan, so I thought I’d share another photo that I’ve added to my collection.
This was taken on one of the islands in the Seto Inland Sea, which we visited as part of the Shimanami Kaido bike ride we did. The bike ride starts in Onomichi City and meanders across six of the islands in the Seto Inland Sea and the bridges that connect them. The entire ride is 75km, but we only did about 30km, by which point we were both freezing and I was in agony, having remembered that the fact that Geoff rides a bike pretty much every day doesn’t make me a cyclist too.
We’re on holiday in Japan this week, so this week’s photo post is from one of my personal projects. While it may seem strange that I have a personal project which includes drain covers, I can explain. My interest is in what I describe as footpath art, the art we walk over every day, often without seeing it. It started in Brisbane when after years of walking down Albert Street, I finally noticed the bronze plaques by Brona Keenan that form part of the Albert Street Literary Trail. Having discovered that I’d been walking over art I hadn’t noticed for about 15 years (seriously, they were installed in 1996 and I finally noticed them in 2011). I couldn’t help but start to notice this kind of art all over the place, and being me, to start to take photos of it. Japan has it’s own special variety of footpath art – illustrated drain or manhole covers. These are beautifully detailed designs specific to the local region they’re in. Sometimes they’re painted and sometimes they’re left plain, but they’re always interesting. I even have a coaster on my desk which is a small rubber version of the standard Osaka drain cover that we found last time we were here. So this is the latest edition to my collection. It’s from the Abeno ward of Osaka.
I’m one of those people who has always loved to roam around cemeteries, reading inscriptions on headstones, and admiring the amazing sculptures that grace so many of the graves. This beautiful angel is in Toowong Cemetery.
I spent most of today at my desk setting up the new look on my website (I’m so pleased with it!). A one stage I glanced down and noticed that the sun coming through my window was hitting my zebra paperweight just perfectly. It’s amazing the effect the right lighting can have.
I’ve started 2013 with a touch of sparkle. I’ve been having fun with some crafty creations that I’m planning to use in an upcoming shoot. I’m quite particular about my crafting style, so it’s meant stitching lots and lots of sequins on one by one. Still, the finished product is something to behold. Are you curious yet? Well stay tuned, and I’ll show you the results in coming months. 🙂
P.S. Who else noticed that my last two pictures are watermarked “2012”? At least it’s only the 3rd of January.
I have a very dear friend who’s planning to move interstate soon. She seems to be happily immersing herself in images related to her soon to be new home, so I thought I’d contribute.
From the Sculptors Queensland Annual Exhibition at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. The sculpture is Giselle (2011) by Dawn Conn of Ruby and Iris. I’ve been looking longingly at the pieces in her Etsy shop for awhile now. I know it’s only a matter of time before I purchase one.