Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo…….March 2014


Another busy, busy month…….

It was ALL about Tokyo, but before that……..

There was a trip to the Wellcome Trust Awards private view.

Some of my images, which are in their library, were up for the awards. The winning images are quite extraordinary close-ups of such things like flower stamen and a kidney stone…ouch! You can see the images here: WELLCOME IMAGE AWARDS

Still on the medical front, I had the pleasure of photographing Professor Dame Carol Black. She is a family friend and I have been taking photographs of her over the last decade or so. I am always in awe of the good work she has done and what she has achieved in her life.

Another trip to Parliament, this time for Sheffield University. Walking past statues of Cromwell, Disraeli, Galdstone etc the feeling of history pervades the place and even though this country has it’s many faults, I can’t help but feel it is a privilege to live in such a democratic country.

Another exhibition and Private View, this time to Suzie Moffat’s – Heart & Sold.

Suzie has curated a body of work by people who have Down’s syndrome and has produced a quite wonderful exhibition. The work is of the highest standard and she has created an exhibition that shows off the talent well. Here is a short film from the opening night by the young film maker Agi k : OPENING NIGHT FILM 

And THEN it was off to…………..Tokyo baby!

Last March, the wonderful Maiko Watanabe asked me to send over a small Shifting Perspectives exhibition to Osaka. I designed some boards, we had the text translated into Japanese and the exhibition was received so well that the Japanese Down Syndrome Society asked if they could have a larger exhibition in Tokyo.

And then they invited me out to give a few talks…which was nice. (Fiona decided that she ought to accompany me, so off we went to Tokyo.)

A lot of work went in to preparing the prints and (virtually) working out which work should be what size and hang where on the gallery wall, so moments after an eventful and delayed flight, I was very happy to walk in to the  Itochu Art Gallery to see the work brilliantly printed and hung perfectly.

And then it was a whirlwind of talks and engagements and interviews. The highlight was a Q & A session at the gallery, with the internationally acclaimed photographer and all round very decent man, Joji Hashiguchi. It was a real honour to meet ‘George’ as I have been aware of his work for many years.

We met so many people and were treated like royalty.

From visits to the fish market and sushi breakfasts, to visiting one of our hosts grandparent’s house and more sushi, to very fancy BBQ restaurants, to the oddness of Shubaya crossing, to a golf driving range on three floors in the middle of the city at 10pm, to taxi doors that open automatically, to the general politeness and cleanliness……… the great fashion sense, to all the bowing and handing over of business cards, to the sense of excitement that grips the whole city at the imminence of the cherry blossom, to the sense of tradition………..I could go on, but I think that you can tell……. I LOVE Tokyo!

And, of course, the exhibition was a great success!

One of my works is a series called ‘365’. The Japanese had asked if they could do their own ‘365’ and of course I said yes. The brilliant photographer Eri Takahashi took the photographs and was so happy with being part of the whole ‘project’, that she is going to carry on working with JDS to create their own photographic work.

A huge, massive thank you to all the many people who were involved in the exhibition and who all made it such great success and such a memorable trip.

And here are a few photos!

Shubaya Crossing

Shubaya Crossing

Shubaya Crossing (1)

Shubaya Crossing

Shubaya Crossing


Shubaya Crossing

Shifting Perspectives exhibition Tokyo

Shifting Perspectives exhibition, Itochu Aoyama Art Square

Shifting Perspectives exhibition Tokyo (7)

Kazuhiro Takemura, Richard Bailey, Joji Hashiguchi, Maiko Watanabe

Shifting Perspectives exhibition Tokyo (6)

Shifting Perspectives exhibition Tokyo (5)

Shifting Perspectives exhibition Tokyo (4)

Sp Exhibition

Shifting Perspectives exhibition Tokyo (2)

The film director – Takashi Tokida, Kazuhiro Takemura

Shifting Perspectives exhibition Tokyo (1)

Mr Junko Nakanishi, Director of JDS.

Fish Market Breakfast

Very early fish market breakfast…

Tokyo Fish Market

Tokyo Fish Market (2)

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Tokyo Fish Market (1)

Only Mrs B at Shubaya Crossing!