Okay so this was a great learning opportunity! Actually, everything about photography is a learning experience for me still, but this challenge was intimidating – mostly because it included elements from Week 35: Translucent Outdoor Long Exposures that I didn’t have time to try, plus infrared photography which I was not familiar with. All that said, I think my first attempts with translucent long exposure in infrared came out okay.
A couple of years ago, I saw Hiroshima, Mon Amour, a 1959 French film set in Hiroshima, Japan following the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945. I had learned a very sanitized version of the bombings in school, but I don’t recall ever seeing the effects of the bombing, i.e. the large-scale destruction of life and the desolation of the survivors. Prior to watching Hiroshima, Mon Amour, I had not heard of the bombings in any personalized way. Suffice it to say that the film left an impression.
A couple of months ago, I visited Montreal, Quebec and spent an afternoon at the Botanical Garden. I spent the majority of my time that afternoon in the Japanese Garden. I trailed through the meditation spaces, lingered over the bonsai trees and wept over the Hiroshima memorial of drawings by survivors. I’ve been wanting to share this for a while, but it’s been difficult to revisit my photographs and the personal stories they captured. However, the 70th anniversary of the murder of so many Japanese people seemed to be an appropriate time to share the images.
We should all work to eliminate the idea that we need to destroy others in order for some to live with their own ideas of freedom. Visit the City of Hiroshima web site for current information about the city.
by Yashinori Kato 17yrs old at the time of the bombing
Masahiko Nakata 15 yrs old at time of bombing
Torao Izuhara 23yrs old at the time of the bombing
Over July Forth weekend, I was able to have a short visit with three of my paternal grandmother’s sisters. Shown in the below photos, left to right, are Aunt Gloria, Aunt Juanita and Aunt Faye. I first connected with each of them at the family memorial gathering for my Grandmother, their sister, Jurl in 2013. I friended them each on Facebook and Aunt Faye has proven to be a prolific Facebook gamer – she’s online a lot. 🙂 Last weekend was my first return since Grandma’s memorial service and I must say, I was quite looking forward to sharing time with my elder ladies.
This weekend I decided to begin Photoshop tutorials so I can become skilled at improving my finished photographic product. My self-learning course consisted of selection tools and background removal in Photoshop and experimenting with Topaz Impressions while using both as plugins to Lightroom CC 2015. The below edits are a combination of the techniques I’ve learned on YouTube and other tutorials as well as through trial and error.
There’s so much life and personality in these shots, it’s been a joy to sit with my lady aunts again as I learned editing techniques.