Film in Japan / by Kiley Melicker

I didn't take a lot of film images while in Japan. I traveled lightly, taking buses, trains, and walking everywhere. I gave in to the ease of a small camera phone rather than a bulky film camera. For most of the adventure I was really present and into the experience, taking everything in and forgetting the camera. I spent a lot of time writing and reflecting at the end of the day.

As a photographer I tend to shift more towards capturing the familiar. I find it hard to focus on the details of very new things or to frame an experience without reflection. I frequent the same places (and people) that I want to photograph, going into thorough detail to map out that experience. Travel photography takes practice and it is something I would like to work on. 

A resting house my friends and I stopped at as we were hiking. We marveled at the age of the house, the tea, fellow travelers, the pickled plumbs and plumb wine.

A resting house my friends and I stopped at as we were hiking. We marveled at the age of the house, the tea, fellow travelers, the pickled plumbs and plumb wine.

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That cat belongs there. She got up and I followed her around the small town of Tsumago.

That cat belongs there. She got up and I followed her around the small town of Tsumago.

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I began most of my days in Japan with a quick run around the neighborhood. I passed this enough times to finally photograph it.

I began most of my days in Japan with a quick run around the neighborhood. I passed this enough times to finally photograph it.

I was intrigued by Japan's juxtaposition of industry and nature. I could be hiking for miles and still be in someone's backyard.

I was intrigued by Japan's juxtaposition of industry and nature. I could be hiking for miles and still be in someone's backyard.