As part of the final project for a letterpress class, I was charged with creating a series of prints that could be viewed in a context that broke away from the traditional print hanging on a wall to be admired.
I chose to make a small folio using photos from a trip to Japan as subject matter. The people I met in Japan were fascinating, and they seemed equally fascinated with us. (I think we had our picture taken by about twenty different school kids on a field trip. And the adults were the same way. After some awkward gesturing at a garden, we realized the pair of ladies we met didn’t want us to take a picture of them… they wanted a picture of us!) The fascination was mutual. I can’t say that I’ve ever bumped into a Buddhist monk begging for alms, or girls showing off their graduation kimonos on a routine trip to the grocery store in South Dakota.