Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Linnie's English School

One day a week, I wake up before 9 am (sooo early !) and drive past the rice fields and head towards an awesome little English school. It works out great because I can still teach my own students the other four days a week, but I also get to do what I love best: sing and dance (my way of teaching) with energetic children. Yesterday, the owner of the school held a summer camp for some children who have a week off in Japan. I was fortunate enough to teach them and we had some laughs. Some of the children were shy at first, but once I started dancing and revealing my goofy side, they were all smiles and giggles. Here are a few of my faves from yesterday.

And how awesome does this lunchbox look?! I think this is why Japanese live so long and maintain their slim physiques.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sachiko (part 1)

So I'm still looking for subjects to snap pictures of. And by subjects, I mean things that breathe, move, talk, etc. I was stoked that one of my friends accepted my request to photograph her after an English lesson. She is a very shy person, and being that she is not used to taking pictures, it was a little uncomfortable for both of us in the beginning. But she proved to be a natural and we had fun. I also took pictures of Mari (her friend) but will add those shots later.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Just Because

So it's been a while since I've added anything to this blog, but it's all for good reason. I've been dedicating a lot of time online researching the next lens I plan on investing in. And when I say investing, I'm not kidding around. These lenses are super-duper expensive and you really have to know what you are getting yourself into before you fork out 500 to $1,000+ on them!

But I have been taking pictures when there's been time. So, here are some that I have been using my camera to experiment with. Nothing special, just because.

Tochigi (where I live) is famous for its summertime dragonflies. These interesting creatures are everywhere and love to chill on high objects like car antennas, gates, poles, etc. I've never seen one upclose...that is, until I had my camera!

This little gem is about ten minutes from my house. A lot of locals who have grown up in this city don't even know that it exists. It's very hidden in a residential neighborhood and I love that I know where it is and locals don't. It's a wonderful place to take pictures.

By the way, I've finally recruited some victims who have agreed to be the subjects of my next photoshoot. I love taking pictures of random things around my house, but my true interest is in people. You know, because they can smile, and pose differently, and will be honest about what they think. So I am hoping to finally muster up the courage and ask more people. I wish I was in Los Angeles sometimes. It would be so much easier to find people who love being in front of a camera!