Alex S. [Alex_Es]

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BIOGRAPHY
Primarily a street photographer. Interest is human interaction. Consider the bulk of my work as documentary. I am a historian of the passing moment. But I am also prone to artistic whimsy, most notably seen in my preoccupation with reflections, which represent photo realism of another sort. In my less serious moments I photograph cats and, occasionally, sunsets. Lately, family and friends have become very important in my documentary work. Unlike my social documentary photography, this is entirely for myself and those I love. If these photographs do end having historical value I will of course be pleased. Like any artist, I crave attention and long for immortality. But I am lately I finding myself, like Kafka, wishing to keep much of what I create to myself and a few trusted friends. In the course of my photographic life I have shot thousands of strangers because I felt that they were in some way worthy of immortality. Thus far none of my subjects has complained. If you happen to be one of those strangers and do not wish to have your image displayed, please contact me through my Photo.net e-mail. I'll remove your image. I have used many different sorts of cameras over the years but in the last decade or so I have been using Leica M and other M-mount rangefinders almost exclusively. I use both digital (Leica M8 and Epson RD-1s) and film. A confession. For most of my creative life I have believed that my art should be an escape from self. By this I mean I wanted it be other directed and not introspective. I wanted to disappear from my creations, thus giving them a life independent of my ego and my will. I have found creation to be a lot more fun that way and more grown up. But lately, I found myself missing myself in all of this. One can write about one's self; but it is another business to photograph one's self. I had avoided photographic autobiography all of my photographic life. But the thought that I could turn the camera on myself and make myself my primary subject (no model release necessary) nagged the back of my mind for a long time. Finally I did it--you can see it on Flickr--and will never do it again. This aside, I need to say something more the about purpose of my photography. All of my candid photography is predicated on discovering epiphanies. Epiphany is a term James Joyce used to describe the moments in his fiction when a profound insight in life was brought about by a seemingly trivial of common place event. This is the general idea all street photographers have, though they have different names for it. My influences: Paul Cezanne, James Joyce, William Faulkner, Anton Chekhov, Heni Cartier Bresson, Walker Evans, Brasai, Georgia O'Keefe, Robert Frank among many others. In my other life I am a writer. My purely literary and photographic lives run parallel and usually do not come together. There has been a recent exception. For nearly a decade I photographically documented to quasi-countercultural life on Ebisu Bridge which crosses the Dotonbori River in Shinsaibashi, Osaka. The images I made of the various people inspired a short novel entitled "The Bridge of Dreams." It was published in 2010 as an ebook published by Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/14792). I did get a photographic series published in an online journal, LITnIMAGE, that publishes both literary and visual works. I was the first contributor to publish in both the literary and visual sections of a single issue. My one photographic book is Ordinary Strangeness, published as a POD by Viovio (http://www.viovio.com/shop/20126). My other photographic works have been published in Viewfinder and on the Leica Historical Society of America (LHSA) website. Viewfinder Volume 44, Number 1 2011 published my photograph "Balloon Over the Chateau" on its front cover.

GALLERIES

Ebisu Bridge, Dotonbori, Osaka, May 5, 2004

Paris Rain, August 2004

The Other Folder

Cat World

The Umbrellas of Kyoto

King Lear, May 2005

Wigstock : New York ~ August, 2005

Eqipment

Taming of the Shrew, 19 May 2006

RD-1s : First Shots

"Scout" : Ebisu Bridge, 2004

Ebisu Bridge, Osaka: 3 August 2006

Sawako

December 25, 2006: New York City

First Leica M8 shots

M8 Self-Portraits: February 2007

The Eternal Hello Kitty!

Democratic Party of Japan Campaign Van, Feb. 13, 2005

Train Reflections: March 2, 2007. Bessa R3A & M8 + Pentax 43/1.9

Street Performers Most Extraordinary

The First Day in May

International Theatre Company, London: Warm-ups for A Midsummer Night's Dream, Kobe, 29 May 2007

International Theatre Company, London: Performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Kobe, 29 May 2007

Pop Singer Sayaka Kamizono, Tokyo 8 July 2007

The Reflected World, October, 2007

My Weekly Photo Album

The Great Hanshin Earthquake 17 Jan. 1995 Aftermath

Hamlet 2008

PHOTOS

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Costume, Mystery, Authority

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Hanshin Tiger Cat (1)

Hanshin Cat (2)

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Sannomiya, Kobe

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Pachinko Parlour, Okubo, Akashi City, Japan

Rain, House, Bike, Car

Rain, Runner, Car (Nikon SP + Cosina-Voigtlander SC 35/2)

Rain and Yellow Bicycle

Briefcase on Head : New York City

Two Cats : Okubo-beach, Akashi

Renovations : My Apt. Window

Umeda, Osaka

Kyoto Umbrellas -5

Kyoto Umbrellas-4

Kyoto Umbrellas-3

Umbrellas-Kyoto-2

Kyoto Umbrellas-1

The International Theatre Company, London: King Lear in Kobe, 17 May 2005 : Edmund Gets His

The International Theatre Company, London production of King Lear, 17 May 2005 : Lear, Edgar and Gloucester

The International Theatre production of King Lear, 17 May, 2005 : Off ye lendings!

The International Theatre production of King Lear, 17 May, 2005 : Goneril and Edmund

The International Theatre production of King Lear, 17 May, 2005: Lear and his Fool fool around.

The International Theatre production of King Lear, 17 May, 2005 : King of France takes Cordilla

The International Theatre production of King Lear, 17 May, 2005 : So young and so untender?

The International Theatre production of King Lear, 17 May, 2005 : Act I, scene i : Enter King Lear

Warm-ups for King Lear by The International Theatre Company, London, Kobe 17 May 2005

Wigstock : Stage

Watching the show

Folks

Portrait

PARTICIPANTS

My Stuff

Memphis, Downtown

King Lear: Warm-ups

Couple on Japan Rail: Between Kyoto and Osaka

Window: Elvis in Memphis

Biancha's new "tutor"

Petrucio Arrives to his wedding

Act One

Act One, variation

Traveling to Padua (this is not in sequential order)

Piano Man: Meditation Before Performance

Baby Doll : JR "Rapid" from Osaka

Angst : Japan Rail out of Kobe

Pensive Commuter: Japan Rail

Baby Doll: cropped

Drive-by: Kuro Neko delivery lady

Seeing Red : Osaka

JR : My Bag Reflected

Pharmacist: Kobe

Dog : Okubo-machi, Akashi City

Okubo-machi, Akashi

Girls after Dark: Kobe

Ebisu Bridge-4

Scout-3, Ebisu Bridge, 2004

Scout-2, Ebisu Bridge, 2004

Scout-1: Ebisu Bridge, Osaka: 2004

2 Girl on the bridge of dreams

Hussler

Real Blonde-Ebisu Bridge

Tough

T-Shirt

Blonde on the Bridge of Dreams

Side Glance

The Odd Crop

Sawako, My M7 and My Book

Experiment--shot from a train

Cell phone

Umbrellas Noir

Grand Centeral Station (4)

Grand Central Station (3)

Grand Central Station (2)

Grand Central Station (1)

New York City, 25 Dec. 2006

Rockafeller Center

New York, Dec. 25, 2006

The East River at Dawn

Sawako at home

Starbuck's, Motomachi, Kobe (2)

Starkbuck's, Motomachi, Kobe

Hello Kitty! Japan Rail

Midosuji Subway Line, Osaka

Photog, Shinsaibashi Station, Midosuji Line, Osaka

Sawako

Window, Starbuck's, Motomachi, Kobe

Sundown

Me and Mine

Me at School (Library Men's Room)

As the Camera Sees Me in My Office

Me in My Office at School

My Coumputer at Work

Me art Home: Profile

Me at the Mirror

Sawako and I

Greetings Earthing!

Starbuck's (cropped shot)

Sawako: Sunday, 11 Feb. 2007

STARVBUCK'S, MOTOMACHI, KOBE

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Sawako and "Pepper"

Sawako in Vancouver

Sawako Resting after watching Casablanca

Sawako and Poster, Paris

Paris, Waiting for the Rain to Subside

Sawako spreads her wings in Paris

Sawako and Canon 7s, Okubo Beach

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Democratic Party of Japan Campaign Van

Democraric Party of Japan Campaign Van, Kobe (The Candidate is wearing glasses)

Democratic Party of Japan: The Ladies

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Cute Dogs, Motomachi, Kobe

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Sawako: Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Sawako, Nishi-Akashi JR

Bentz-Kobe

Katherine

Sannomiya, April 1, 2007

Dancer for the Big Band Duo

Jazz Duo: Sannomiya, Kobe

Obubo Beach ***

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Okubo Beach

KWU-Sakura

From the Back, Motomachi, Kobe

Osaka Advert: April 2007

White Umbrella, Okubo.

Pink Bag

Yellow Umbrella

Sawako Gets Cute in Paris

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Bottom with Ass's Head

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Sayaka Kamizono, Japanese Pop Singer

Director

Bottom

Out of sequence

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In the Ginza, Tokyo

Cat and Boy: Starkbuck's, Motomachi, Kober

Cat and Girl, Starbuck's, Motomachi, Kobe

Sawako in Vancouver

Japan Rail, October 5, 2007

Sanyo Linel Reflection: Out of Kobe

Autumn Refection: Sanyo Line

I'm Published!

Cat, Okubo Beach

Cat with Smile, Okubo Beach

Cats, Okubo Beach

Nanjing-machi, Motomachi, Kobe

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In Front of Chinatown, Motomachi, Kobe

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La Vie de Bohème ?

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Montreal, Burgundy, France

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Paris, August 28, 2011

Masks, Tokushima

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Paris Afternoon, September 2012: 1

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Honfleur

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint Michel--M9 + Zeiss 18/4

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Akashi Castle: Goat-Monkey tower

Akashi Castle Cat

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Yes, Really!

From My Office Window

Mac's Smoke Shop, Palo Alto, Dec. 28, 2012

Paris, September 2012

Cat Feeding Time, Okubo Beach, Jan. 20, 2013

Okubo Beach: Fishing at Sunset, January 20, 2013

Okubo Beach Sunset, January 20, 2013

Okubo Beach: Lone Fisherman at Sunset, January 20, 2013

Paris Cafe, September 2012

Okubo Beach at Sunset

Chinatown, Motomachi, Kobe

Paris, Leica Guys, Sancere: Leica Monochrom

Trumpeter, Akashi Castle

Happy Valentine's! : Hanku RR East Exit, Motomachi, Kobe

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E-PL1s + Tamron 90/2.5

With Raymond in Kyoto

Tokushima Sakura

Akashi Castle Moat: Canon EF+FD80-200/4L+Canon Extender

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Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17 January 1995

Sogo Dept. Store in ruins, Sannomiya, Kobe, 1995

Sannomiya, Great Hanshin Earthquake, 1995

1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake: Kobe

Sogo Dept. Store in ruins, Sannomiya, Kobe, 1995

Sogo Dept. Store in ruins, Sannomiya, Kobe, 1995

Sogo Dept. Store in ruins, Sannomiya, Kobe, 1995

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Dismembered English at the Wedding

Stanford Shopping Center

Alexander III Bridge, Paris

Strasbourg Cathedral

Drink

Harvest Moon , Sept. 2013

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Chinatown, Kobe

Chinatown, Kobe

Portrait of a Lady in a Cafe

Chinatown, Kobe

Red Gloves, Akashi Market

Portlner, Kobe

Hamlet

Hamlet

Hamlet

Hamlet

Smoker

Smoking and Talking

Akashi Castle Moat

Chinatown, Kobe

Happy Valantine's Day

Snowy Saturday

X-Pro1 +?

Feeding Birds by the Akashi Castle Moat

Snowy Saturday

Snowy Saturday

Sunset from my balcony (blue)

Sunset from my balcony, gold

Snowy Okubo

Selfie

Chinatown, Kobe

Chinatown, Kobe

Chinatown, Kobe

Canon EF + New FD 24/2

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Smoker

Chinatown, Kobe

Saturday Night, Ginza, Tokyo

Saturday Night, Ginza, Tokyo

Old Fair Lady, Ginza Tokyo

It's a dog's life

Sakura, Okubo, Akashi

Chinese Lady, Kobe

Fisheye Panoramic

Bird Feeding by Akashi Castle Moat

Bird Feeding by Akashi Castle Moat

Bird Feeding by Akashi Castle Moat

Cafe Life

Red Bag

Commuter

Sandwich

After the Lesson

Sawako Candid

Student Volunteer

Cafe Life

Shiro-chan

Nanjing-machi, Motomachi, Kobe

Rest

Hats Off

Nanjing-machi, Motomachi, Kobe (1)

Nanjing-machi, Motomachi, Kobe (2)

Siro-chan

Cat Under Cst

Buddha, Entrance to Nanjing-machi, Motomachi, Kobe

Flying Out of Hong Kong

Couple, Motomachi, Kobe

Chinatown, Kobe

Chinatown, Motomachi, Kobe

Chinatown, Motomachi, Kobe

NYC Chinatown, August 1992 I

NYC Chinatown, August 1992 II

NYC Chinatown, August 1992

NYC Chinatown, August 1992

Custom Austin-Healy

Custom Austin-Healy

Custom Austin-Healy

NYC, August 1992

Motomachi, Kobe (1)

Motomachi, Kobe (2)

Shot from Inside a Cafe

New York City, August 1992

Moon, Fog & Foliage (1)

Buddha and Sleeper

Expressway

Jerk Chicken: Akashi Castle

In Honor of ….

Naniwa Camera, Kobe

Bus Stop Bench Needs Repair

Ebisu Bridge, Osaka

Spiderman + Kobe Beef Burgers: Kobe Chinatown

Kobe Port

Leica M + Elmarit 135/2.8

Buddha, Motomachi, Kobe

Monkey Business, Motomachi, Kobe

Leica Store, Kyoto

Teddy Bear

Charlie Hebdo

Canon FTb

Seiko "Bullhead" Chronograph, 1977

Leica M + Tokina 60-300/4-5.6

Kobe Chinatown tourists

Eaters, Kobe Chinatown

A Reflection on a Train

Tourists, Kobe Chinatown

Mating Season has Begun

Okubo at Night : Train Crossing (3)

Okubo at Night : Train Crossing (2)

Okubo at Night : Train Crossing (1)

Outsider from the Meet-At-The-Pond Cats

Apartment Building in Okubo

Self-Portrait, Local Japan Rail Station

Watch Your Step

Apartment Buildings

Shiro-chan : Akashi Castle Cat

Akashi Castle Cat + Feeder

Leica M, Tokina 60-300/4.5-5.6

Dashboard Ornaments

Himeji Castle : Shooter shooting shooting wall

Ebisu Bridge, Osaka, October 2008

Ebisu Bridge, Osaka

Face Help

Ebisu Bridge

From My Balcony

Black and White, Akashi Castle

Fisheye Umbrella

Okubo Sunset

On the Way Home

Playful cats

Paris, Montmartre

Near Nisei-Akashi JR Station

Drive-by shot, Akashi City

Another Okubo Sunset

Okubo Vertical

Lady, Chinatown, Kobe

"No War!" : Motomachi, Kobe

Nagata-ku, Kobe

Shadow

Man from owl cafe, Kobe

Chinatown, Motomachi, Kobe

The Tempest by The International Theatre Co., London

Reflection

Somewhere in Kobe

Late Summer Evening Clouds

A Summer's Sunset

Japan Rail Crossing, Okubo

After the Typhoon

Kyoto Kimono (Gion)