A few months ago a friend gave me a copy of the photo journal, A Year of Mornings – 3191 Miles Apart. It is a collaboration of Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes. Maria lives in Portland, Maine and Stephanie lives in Portland Oregon. They posted photos from their mornings on a blog for a year. Although there is an entire nation between them, it is interesting to note the similarities in their photographs; sometimes in the subjects and at other times in the composition. Since this first project, they have also done the same thing in the evening. Their new book is 3191: Evenings.
The idea behind their blog and subsequent books intrigues me, but not in a way that makes me want to duplicate it. (Although it could be a fun family project with photos coming in from six different locations. Well.. as of Friday it’s now down to five locations with Kristina’s move from Boston to Kingwood, Texas). Back to the intriguing idea…I live in an interesting place, Tokyo, and when I am not at home I am usually visiting someplace interesting. If I am looking for something to photograph and post everyday it will cause me to pay more attention to the world around me. One of my biggest concerns is how much of life I miss by rushing right through it. On some days the photo might be the topic of a post and at other times it may just appear with no explanation at all. The main idea is to notice the things around me.
So with this in mind, I took my camera on my morning walk and this is what I got:
If you stand on a corner near my house and look at the Tokyo Temple it appears like the Angel Moroni is actually on Mori Tower, a building about a mile away. It’s an interesting view. And yes, the views in Tokyo are still cluttered with power lines everywhere. Maybe one day I will photograph the view from my living room window….