Florence is going to PARIS!!!
Another exhibition has been scheduled at Espace Japon in Paris. Here is the detail:
Title: Japon – Couleurs vives
Date: du 29 septembre au 10 octobre
Place: Espace Japon 12 rue de Nancy, 75010 Paris
Opening: Mardi 29 septembre 2009 à partir de 18h
The picture above entitled, “Geisha at a glance” was awarded Honorable Mention from the 2008 International Photography Awards, and will be shown at Espace Japon. There will be of course never-be-seen-before pictures also. So please everyone, especially those who live in Paris or near Paris, come to see the show!
By the way, this photo has an interesting behind-the-scene story.
This picture was taken during one of the new year holidays in Kyoto, Japan. It was right in front of Nanzenji temple. Florence was taking pictures somewhere, and I was just walking around and patiently waiting for her. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, this Geisha* woman and possibly her proprietress of the house walked by right in front of me. You know, shooting pictures of Geisha is a photographers’ dream, especially Florence, but she was not with me at that time. They were walking really fast, most probably because they didn’t want to attract all those tourists’ attention. I didn’t have time to go look for Florence. I said to myself, “Too bad, Florence lost a great shutter chance.” Then there she was. Florence came running, chasing after the Geisha!
Go Florence! Go!!!
Florence was running and running after the Geisha woman with her heavy camera in her hands and her camera bag on her back. The Geisha woman was going and going REALLY fast with short steps.
You know, you can’t really walk with long strides when wearing Kimono. You have to walk with tiny steps. Not only that, how in the world could a person walk or run so fast with these sandals on???
These sandals are called Koppori and made of wood. Good ones are hand made like this and really expensive:
Anyway, Florence finally caught up with this Geisha woman when she was about to get in a taxi cab.
Then all the miracles came together:
A BEAUTIFUL GEISHA woman with RED Kimono getting on a GREEN car GLANCED at Florence for one second, and Florence was able to click the shutter at that MOMENT.
* This woman is not really a Geisha. She is a Maiko (apprentice Geisha) to be exact.