1. Aside from how it’s the photographer and not the camera, the actual handling of the camera does make a difference when you’re out making your photographs. You’ll enjoy the process more and actually want to make more photos if you’re using a camera that you are having fun with.



  3. tokyo-camera-style:


    Another cover design approved!

    Textured/embossed paperback cover printed in two special inks, plus a matt laminated half jacket.

    The book is due out in 2015 and will bring a smile to the lips - plus an intense yearning to trawl eBay and second-hand camera shops - perfect for analogue camera lovers and geeks!

    Hundreds of vintage, customised and rare camera makes, models and lenses all captured and meticulously identified.

    A careful selection of street fashion photographs taken on the fly, with the camera as the star, taken by the man who did it first and the man who does it best - the sartorialist of the camera world John Sypal.

    It’s with extreme pleasure that I am finally able to announce that the Tokyo Camera Style photobook is set to be released by renowned publisher Thames & Hudson in 2015.  

    It all started back in the fall of 2013 with an email out of the blue from a design director at T&H (the owner of the tumblr this image is reblogged from) telling how much she enjoyed the site and asking if I had ever thought about making a Tokyo Camera Style book.  To be honest, it wasn’t actually something I had given serious consideration, but with the backing of Thames & Hudson and a desire to see just how photobooks are made from the inside it was a project that I was excited to agree to.

    The book designer, Andersen M Studio, did a fantastic job on the layout and cover design- it’s really well done and I’m not just saying that because I created the content. The three hundred pages of images have a smart and enjoyable flow.  I think you’ll like it, too.

    It’s been an incredible experience so far- it’s been a chance to deal with these pictures in a new way, a chance to see them curated and laid out by someone else, and my favorite part- this has been a chance to make some new connections and friends.  It’s all very exciting and I plan on keeping you up to date over the next few months before it hits the shelves.  The actual release date has yet to be announced but I will certainly let you know once I am able.

    Finally, I want to thank all 10,000+ of you who follow Tokyo Camera Style on Tumblr and everyone else who visits the site by whatever other means- it’s thanks to your interest and enjoyment of this site over the past six years that has helped make it all possible.  

    Thank you!

    - John 

    Definitely a book for gear porn lovers!



  5. The transition helped him to realize that we all tend to be limited by the boundaries imposed by our habits. It’s an example of the old saw that goes, “If all you have is a hammer everything starts to look like a nail.”

    The good advice of one camera one lens is great for creativity when you’re starting out and in the middle of your growth, but after that, there’s a possibility that it will instead turn into a straitjacket for your artistic growth if you don’t experiment to find your style.



  7. "In Martinique, I had visited rustic and neglected rum-distilleries where the equipment and the methods used had not changed since the eighteenth century. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, in the factories of the company which enjoys a virtual monopoly over the whole of the sugar production, I was faced by a display of white enamel tanks and chromium piping. Yet the various kinds of Martinique rum, as I tasted them in front of ancient wooden vats thickly encrusted with waste matter, were mellow and scented, whereas those of Puerto Rico are coarse and harsh. We may suppose, then, that the subtlety of the Martinique rums is dependent on impurities the continuance of which is encouraged by the archaic method of production. To me, this contrast illustrates the paradox of civilization: its charms are due essentially to the various residues it carries along with it, although this does not absolve us of the obligation to purify the stream. By being doubly in the right, we are admitting our mistake. We are right to be rational and to try to increase our production and so keep manufacturing costs down. But we are also right to cherish those very imperfections we are endeavouring to eliminate. Social life consists in destroying that which gives it its savour."
    — Claude Lev-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques. The underlying philosophy of liberalism, and the consumer culture it generates, condensed into nine sentences. (via ayjay)



  10. It is probably the difference between those who take photos and those who are photographers. There’s nothing wrong on being on either side, just as long as you’re clear which side you’re on.