Nov 11 2020 18 CommentsAn intense looking Shinto priest in Tokyo Old and decaying Shinto torii gates are incredibly striking, but in their own way, so are the religion’s priests.
Cheers. It’s such a wonderful setup. The light. The outfit. The pose. Been a long time since I’ve seen it, and I’ve been past so many times, but that made his appearance all the more special.
This is stunning and just a little bit scary!
Cheers. And nah, he was lovely. Honest!
Very cool shot. I love his expression! 🙂
Thanks. It’s such a great scene, which makes it hard to go wrong really. And me too. Very hard to decipher, but that makes it all the more interesting.
I was expecting more intense than that, actually! He just looks inquiring: “What? You’re taking my photo?? Okay, whatever…” 😀
Haha, I’ll tell him to try harder next time. Or maybe it’s me who needs to try harder!
It was a weird one to be honest. He was sat there trapped, so because of that, I felt compelled to ask permission — something I very rarely do. But thankfully when I lifted the camera he stared straight at me. Pretty much exactly what I wanted. Plus I could do it fairly certain in the knowledge that he wouldn’t break out a peace sign!
This image in a huge size, hanging in a museum, maybe even as the signature image on the exhibition pamphlets… ❤️
Have you ever had an exhibition or maybe thought of having one?
Thank you very much. That’s really kind of you and very encouraging.
I haven’t no, although I have thought about it. There are a few small galleries in Tokyo that would be a good fit. Hopefully at some point in the future.
Ah, would be nice! Hopefully this will happen someday. Maybe even in Europe…say,…umm….Germany? 😀
Thank you, and Europe would be even better!
I can only imagine that for such symmetrical seiza he would either need assistants, starch or incredibly well practised flapping movements.
Most definitely the latter. Shortly after I took the photo, he had to get up to speak to one of the other priests. I watched, and as he sat down there were a few brief flaps, some minor alterations, and that was that. Everything just as it was again.
Such a clear and crisp, and perfectly aligned/trimmed photograph.
Compared to the other monk the deployment is definitely superior. But the sigh on his face… not so much.
I like to think of them standing in a hole resting their arms on a cushion infront of them.
Cheers. Yes, combine the two and it would be perfect. The stare/glare of the other fella is really something.
Oh, what they’d likely give for that setup eh? Practice makes perfect and all that, but sitting is that pose for a while must still be a struggle.
Thank you. Folds that Marie Kondo would be well pleased with!
She most certainly would!