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)