So it seems that the posts this week are laced with my trip to Kamakura, I had this in mind when I started out and was deliberately trying to find similar shots or themes that I could work with. The obvious theme would have been temples and shrines one would think, however I have tried to think outside the box, or outside the camera, so to speak.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of people, mostly older, who were out painting and sketching. Though there was a group of school kids, who must have had a class assignment to sketch something at the temple I was at, I fondly remember having to sketch an animal or two while visiting a farm or something equalling boring on class trips. As much as I love having my camera with me and taking photos, I sometimes wish I had more artistic skill, so that I could draw or paint; it should be noted that the young children I teach English to always comment on how well I color and stay within the lines!! After seeing one or two people out with their sketch pads and firmly seated on their teeny-tiny folding chairs, I decided I should capture them, as long as I would not be disturbing them.
There were a few shots I wanted to get of people, but being of the mind of not wanting to bother or intrude, or scare them with my terrible Japanese, I opted not to take photographs of several people. I would have had to get too close and would have breached my comfort zone, some of these places people were set up were awfully tiny and cramped. I wonder how many of you out there have wonderful artistic skills? I come across a lot of photography on WordPress, but so far not so much drawn or painted materials. Perhaps I need to broaden my WordPress horizons, any suggestions?