Now what the heck does “sakura” mean? Has he suddenly begun to speak a new language? Nah…not me! It’s Japanese for cherry trees and in this case it’s cherry trees in Copenhagen I am talking about. For several years now there has been a Japanese culture festival in a grove of cherry trees gifted to the city of Copenhagen from Japan, right when the trees cover the place in a plethora of white flowers, and this year it happened during the weekend April 26-27, 2014.
A Japanese culture festival in this case also means lots of martial arts displays, dances, tea ceremonies and loads of people in manga/anime costumes. I have very little knowledge of exactly what figures some of these are portraying (the only Pokemon I know of is Pikachu, the yellow character), but they certainly are photogenic!
It was an enjoyable experience this year (just like the last two times I’ve been there), with stunningly warm weather which brought out a much larger crowd than last year. Hopefully it’ll be just as enjoyable an outing next year with many colorful costumes and characters to take pictures of!
Thanks to being a member of Fotografiska Föreningen i Malmö (FFIM), a photo club in Malmö, Sweden I’ve gotten the opportunity to show some photos at the HQ of Tetra Pak, a very large company in Lund, Sweden together with three other members. It’s always fun to show your photographic works to the general public!
I decided to go with four black and white shots and four color shots, all 12 x 12 inches in 16 x 16 inch frames. I’ve been smitten with the square format for some time now; I guess it harkens back to earlier photographic times somehow. It makes me think of Hasselblads, Holgas and other old cameras…even if all my photos on display at the company are done with a bog-standard Canon 600d!
They’ll be up on those walls for three weeks, and hopefully people will enjoy them during those days! Who knows…perhaps one might even be enough to a person’s liking that they’d want to buy it. I am of course open to that idea!