Recent workshop reversed the theme of our recent ‘world at my feet’ series.
After the success of our recent ‘The World at my Feet’ workshop I though we would literally turn that world on its head the other week and follow-up with the perfect companion workshop: ‘The World Above My Head’ .
If you havent seen the article about our recent ‘world at my feet’ workshop, click below:
The route we took – Yurakucho-Tokyo-Kanda-Akihabara-Asakusabashi – gave us a nice opportunity to get lots of different overhead action, although to begin with it was certainly more challenging than lookng down at the ground, as we had done on the previous workshop. We started off at the International Forum to break us in gently, as that building offers enormous potential for a whole variety of different shots and it didn’t disappoint for this brief.
After that the main challenges, out doors in the summer, were coping with shooting up into a bright sky. Some nice shots came about with people exposing more for the sky than the objects we were looking up at. Biasing the exposure that way meant some great, moody shots were captured. Justin and Marvin got some super ones of a building just near the Yaesu side of Tokyo Station: moody skies with great cloud detail and an imposing monolith of a building rendered in almost Mordor-like mood.
It wasn’t all about shooting up with wide-angle lenses, although that is certainly one way to get some overhead drama and especially in a city like Tokyo where there are a lot of tall buildings, often rammed into cramped and narrow streets – as we found exploring between Tokyo and Nihombashi. There are also elements, once you begin looking up, that offer great opportunity for colour counterpoint: a green traffic light and the red awning of a department store; brightly coloured traffic signs amidst a mess of concrete overpass curves.
This project, like its counterpart, is all about changing where you look and the way you look. So many photos are taken straight ahead, from head-height. Get down on the ground or look straight up and suddenly just that change of perspective gets you focused on a collection of cityscape elements that you may never normally notice.
A great day’s walk, some splendid shots from people.
Here’s a Flickr slideshow of shots from Justin.
And a show of shots by Marvin, who was out with us for the first time. Great to meet you Marvin.
Ed sent in some shots by email and his are here in this slideshow:
Some of my shots are here, all straight from the camera.
Here’s a final gallery of shots I’ve taken over the past three years or so, which fall into this sort of category. Anything above head height would constitute a shot in this theme and framework. Why not give it a go for yourself.