Posts in Category: decay

dripped blue

Kagoshima 2007

Bright colour, texture, and decay caught my eye in Kagoshima with this image. It sometimes seems 3-dimensional, like you could run your fingers over the surface.

jurado

Kagoshima 2007

This is one of a large set of images that I took during my last year living in Japan. Looking back at them now, I can see how introspective many of them are, and some of them seem infused with a sentimental or bittersweet melancholy. Having spent the better part of six years in Japan and being acutely aware of my imminent departure and the parting of ways from so many beloved friends and family, I suppose it was understandable. I named this after one of my favourite artists, Seattle troubadour Damien Jurado for his music which, for me, emulates so many of the same qualities that I mentioned above.

For those wondering, the image is a macro detail of a plastic bench at the stop where I used to take the tram in South Kagoshima. The scratches accumulated over time as generations of children’s school bags and office worker’s briefcases left their mark. I think the macro detail has always added to a certain element of mystery to the image that has always made it one of most lasting and most popular.

green mop

Kagoshima  2008

I love to work with flat walls like this as my canvas. This spot was a discovery walking home from work in Japan one day under an overpass. I thought, how perfect a symbol of the Japanese ideal of purity and cleanliness that not only was the underside of the overpass cleaned regularly, but a mop was also placed there permanently as a daily reminder. Simple yet elegant in its own way.

mosaic

Vancouver 2009

For this shot I had to get down and dirty, on my hands and knees on the sidewalk.  It was taken on Commercial Drive on a bright and crisp morning in February before this store had opened for the day..

welcome to nolan webb photography

woman on wall (Kagoshima Japan, 2006)

This is my first foray into photoblogging beyond my usual dayjob over at flickr. I live in Vancouver Canada and very much appreciate comments and discussion. Feel free to repost images but please link back to this original site  I hope you enjoy your visit and look forward to hearing from you.

The image above was taken in Kagoshima Japan in 2006. I took it with a fairly primitive point and shoot, my first digital camera, downtown in a shopping arcade called Tenmonkan. It came right from gut, an instinct shot, and to this day I can still remember my heart pounding as I pushed the button to release the shutter. It was the first image that I was truly proud of, and marked the moment I knew I was hooked on photography.