The photos are devastating, but the design of the page makes it feel real. Using a slider, you can choose how much of the before or after you want to see. Something about watching the landscape change from whole to decimated and being able to control it is powerful. It’s like a simplified, horrific version of destroying a Sim City with a natural disaster. Somehow, it brings more gravity to the images.
Michael Wolf photographed Tokyo subway riders pushed up against the door of a crowded train. Looking at their faces, it feels like my ride yesterday morning. While running to make it through closing doors, my bag got caught outside while I was inside. Instead of opening the doors quickly so I could bring in my bag, the conductor did nothing. For 60 seconds. While everyone stared at me. I survived, but I had wished there was a solid wall between me and the steely eyes of my fellow passengers.
I’ve got a few blog posts in mind about my trip to Japan, but I figure that you might want to look at my photos while you wait. Below is a slideshow of all of my photos, but I also put together a collection of various sets that break them up by city.
If you know me in almost any venue outside of this blog, you’re aware I was in Japan for the last couple weeks with Jori. No surprise, the trip was awesome. I’ve got a bunch of blog posts about various aspects of the trip and a ton of photo editing in the works, but here’s a quick rundown (in no particular order).
The iPad is the ultimate long-flight gadget. There are very few flights that will outlast the iPad’s battery.
Eating at a 545 year-old noodle shop in Kyoto was awesome.
Ramen with noodles hand-pulled immediately before consumption is also awesome.
Japan is expensive, but the food doesn’t have to be. Lunch and dinner probably averaged out to $13 per person per meal.
Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum didn’t blow me away, but it was certainly depressing. It was like Holocaust Museum Lite.
People don’t really speak English, but at train stations they speak Train English and at restaurants they speak Food English, so you should be okay. Most hotels have someone who speaks a decent amount of English, especially if you found the place in a guidebook.
The country is incredibly homogenous. Walking to the subway in NYC this morning, it was a shock to see such a variety of colors and shapes as people passed me.
I’m sure I’ve got more in me, but I wanted to get out a quick list, lest I procrastinate.