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Experiential Consideration 


Hello readers, I am takeshi Ishikawa. Today I am going to write about my new experiment for street photography. I think that street photography has many different aspects, such as  Art, documentary and personal records aspects that record the times and society, etc. 

Last weekend, I went to the park with my camera to experiment a study of street photography with various aspects.


今回は1箇所の場所のみで撮影することに決め、公園を選びました。緊急事態宣言明けですが、天気が良く人が思い思いにそれぞれの時間を楽しんでいました。公園に着くまでの間にPARK LIFEという言葉が浮かび、それをテーマに1箇所の公園のみで撮影を開始しました。

This time, I decided to shoot in only one place and chose a park. When I arrived there after the emergency declaration, the weather was good and people in the park looked that they were really enjoying their time as they pleased. The word PARK LIFE came up in my mind while walking toward the park, and I decided to shoot in only one park with a theme of Park Life .


What is Experiential Consideration ?


The purpose of this practice is to try experimental consideration. 

I usually shoot monochrome street photography that is composed by light and shadow to shoot people who live surrounded by huge artifacts called cities. It is a very specific but abstract photo as well. One day, I suddenly thought that while looking at the photo book, street photography has so many different  aspects that represent a historical, social, and cultural background. Therefore, I thought I wanted to take a photo that focuses on them.

What happens if I objectively observe the behavior of people in a certain place, rather than focusing on only people? That is the concept of this experimental study.


Shooting Conditions

  • 撮影場所は1つの公園

  • 一歩引いて眺めるように撮る

  • アングル固定

  • 気になった人の行動やシチュエーションを撮る

  • Shoot in only one place 

  • Shoot objectively

  • Fixed Angle 

  • Shoot what I found interesting behaviors or situations


Result of Shooting





When I saw the shooting results, it was quite surreal and reminded me of a miniature garden.

By taking the picture with no difficult thinking, the people in the photo can tell that they are just enjoying themselves in the park, even though they have no personal emotion or intention in the photo. 

I think that that gap may created a surreal atmosphere. And there is a sense of looking into a miniature garden, where a very objective line of sight looks into another world. 

I think that the feeling of being objective and the unity of the background caused by shooting in the same place creates the feeling of looking at one small, different world.

If you look closely at each photo, you can see so many interesting facts and moments. 

For instance, people are wearing masks and dancing, friends are taking photos for Instagram,

a wedding photo is being taken with white plastic bags that are flowing up with wind, a serious person who is wearing a long-sleeved shirt and slacks is walking with a mask in an area  where people who are shirtless and tank tops are gathering...etc

I also found interesting points that the current background seems to be a strange situation.

Especially when I look at the first and the fifth photos, I can see that there is a certain distance between people, which seems to be random. 

Each person seems to be enjoying their time, and I could sense Japanese atmosphere in photography through the seriousness and discipline of social distances.





In this experiment, I tried to  shoot with completely different approach, but the results were quite interesting. I felt that I was able to experience something different from what I usually see, and I once again felt that photography was really profound. 

 If you feel that your horizon is getting narrowed recentry, it may be good to try shooting with different approach or ways. It may help you to expand your horizon. 

I hope you could enjoy the article and see you next time.





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