Ilford HP5+ (ei1600) / Caffenol stand developed / Summaron f2.8 35mm / Leica M3
This shot was taken as the sun was going down over Yokohama. Perhaps I should have saved this for Halloween, but I took it only a month or so ago so decided not to wait. I like the similarity of the structures in this scene as well as its symbolic contrast.
My M3 had been languishing due to my preference for the smaller, lighter and simpler screw mount lllf, however I don’t have a 35mm for the screw mount and really like that focal length so have been using the M3 a bit more recently.
I guess it doesn’t need to be said, but the M3 really is a great camera in every way. I think the large, bright view finder is its best attribute. Like all older Leicas it is built so well and looks so nice that you just feel good using it. Call it Leica therapy. They may be a bit expensive but are still a lot cheaper than a therapist:-) The M3 is so nice you could carry it around just to hold and show people (and some people do just that..).
Perspectives on Death
The West has such a dark and dismal approach to death- cold and lonely for all eternity, the worms nibbling at our flesh, etc. While I enjoy the gothic Edgar Allen Poe flavour of it in stories, Halloween and whatnot, I don’t subscribe to it at all in my personal philosophy.
We cling to life and fear death, which is referred to as attachment in Zen, but as I understand it they compliment each other a bit like night and day. Without night you do not have day and vice versa, like yin and yang or the tides of the ocean. If we are not attached to living so much I think we can enjoy it more.
In the last few months 3 people in my family have passed on. My daughter was also in the hospital for a week with bad bronchitis and asthma. This has caused me to reflect perhaps a bit more deeply about life recently.
“The essence of your mind is not born, so it will never die. It is not an existence, which is perishable. It is not an emptiness, which is a mere void. It has neither colour nor form. It enjoys no pleasures and suffers no pains.”
~ Tokushou Bassui (1327-1387) in a letter to a dying disciple