More On Narrative

I’ve had a few enquiries about the “Narrative” series of photos, so I’ve decided to answer them here.

This all took place at a semi-chance stop at a recreated Edo period village near Mt. Fuji. The original had been wiped out after a typhoon induced landslide some several decades ago & this reconstruction for tourism is about nine years old. The buildings have all been made by traditional tradespeople – i.e. it’s a modern construction, but done authentically in the traditional manner by people who can still make these kinds of buildings.

The photos were just done randomly at the time, while we were being tourists, with me exploring the backlit possibilities in this particularly well lit room, when and where the kids would cooperate. The storyline was just constructed later by rearranging the order – at the time I was paying no thought to this possibility.

The light was natural, available light. It was getting on to late afternoon, and the sky was clear. The room had three large windows, two screened ones at each end that you can see in the backgrounds, depending on the point of view, and the other off frame. The off frame one, a totally open window, and one of the others were letting in a lot of light, which was then being bounced all over the place by the various large sections of white plaster wall.

The armour and kimono that they hire out to the kids are obviously reproductions, but interestingly, the armour that adults can hire is, in part, made up of the real deal, dating from around 200 years ago (for example, the second photo below). They also had a 400-ish year old chain/plate mail top garment thingy – that was not for wearing, but was available for holding, to demonstrate the weight. It was very heavy (bottom photo below).

All the photos were taken with the X100s, with just the standard lens. I didn’t use the TCL-X100.

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