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Paris-Yokohama: A Common Project to Catch the Dance of the Dragon at Opposite Sides of the World

Blackfairy and I had the idea to continue taking pictures together even though we live in distant locations. Basically, we decided to compare France and Japan through analogue photography. Our first project was to compare the Chinese New Year festivities in Paris and in Yokohama.

Canon EOS 10 loaded with Provia 100F

My friend blackfairy and I had so much fun taking pictures together in Japan that we felt we couldn’t end that just because now we live far from each other! I am still living in Japan and she’s in France, so we decided to start a collaboration project in which we’d compare French and Japanese points of view.

Our first idea was to compare what happens during the same event in different places. So during the Chinese New Year festivities, she was the photo-reporter in Paris while I headed to Yokohama! I know this event was held a few months ago and it’s already been a while, but I wanted to share this experience with the community!

One thing we can say is that Paris was in full effervescence (she would describe that as a happy mess!), while Yokohama was lot more quiet and people were there to pray (and eat Chinese food!). With these pictures, an obvious difference of atmosphere is visible!

In Yokohama, the streets and temples were decorated with lanterns that gave a nice atmosphere at nightfall… and made me feel like I was playing in a Chinese movie!

Our goal was to find the dancing dragon. In crowded Paris the dancers appeared during the parade, very close to people. Unfortunately, in Yokohama, I could not attend the parade, but there was a magic show, dance, and so on… And in the end, I finally saw the dragon’s fantastic jump!

A funny fact: even without previous discussion or a word about what film we would use, we still had very complementary experiences. Blackfairy used Lomochrome Purple and a redscale film, while I used a color negative and color reversal film. Another difference is that Blackfairy can easily catch the city mood while I would rather capture the poetry of a scenery.

As analogue photography lovers, we will continue to seek for such experiences. So, if you and your friends love analogue photography but are living far from each other, don’t be upset! And try to share analog experience together, too!

French speakers can have a look at the article written in blackfairy’s photo blog.

written by umeshu

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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: 日本語.