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Ghost Hunting | Johnny Tang Photo

Ghost Hunting

I have started photographing for a new online music magazine called Foundwaves which covers the local music scene in Boston. I have been looking at the work of a number of Japanese photographers recently like Daido Moryiama, Ken Kitano, and Osamu Kanemura all of which will be exhibited at this year’s New York Photo Festival happening in a few weeks. One thing I have noticed about the style of the Japanese photographers is that their photographs tend to have more democratic compositions, and have this feeling of vastness that is absent from western photography. I find much of western photography to be very linear, singular in focus and clear cut. My assignments at Foundwaves have given me an excuse to explore the use of long exposures in my work again, inspired by these Japanese photographers I have also found some grounding for a new direction to take my work in.

2 comments

  1. cool commentary on japanese photogrpahy. i saw a documentary that featured some plant-arrangement tradition in japan (forgot the name) and it emphasized beauty in simplicity with lots of negative space and it forced focus on the perfection of the piece itself. sometimes just a simply arranged bonzi tree set off center was enough to have tension and focus. maybe it's a theme in japanese culture? keep up the good work j-tang. i'm very happy to see you actively getting into your craft!

  2. Yea I saw something about that on No Reservations on one of the Japan episodes. Thanks for the props on my work! I had no idea people are actually reading this thing.

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