Monday, October 29, 2007

Cables, cables everywhere

There are two challenges the travel photographer encounters everywhere when in Japan:

  1. The groups of people posing while making the "V" sign in front of anything that can vaguely be regarded as "interesting". ^_^;;
  2. The cables that are visible everywhere.

The first is just a matter of waiting and could make for an interesting photo in any case, but the second is a real pain if you want to capture a temple, shrine or landscape.

Akira Kurosawa once complained that it was getting difficult to shoot his samurai  movies because there were always pylons getting in the way. In his book "Lost Japan", Alex Kerr already complained about those eyesores, stating that "Huys ten Bosch" near Nagasaki was the nicest place in Japan as finally there weren't cables visible everywhere.
However, according to IEEE research, there are still four million pole transformers installed throughout Japan that contain traces of PCBs. That means that they are not only an eyesore, but also a public health-hazard if, for example due to an earthquake, the oil in the transformers catches fire.

Camera: Pentax *ist DS, lens: 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO