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A word of explanation - this camera began life capturing passable images (it was a very inexpensive camera to begin with), but after sitting in a drawer unused for several years, I was surprised, displeased, and then pleased to discover that all pictures taken with it look as though they were taken through fog.  I have no idea why this is, but have decided to devote this page to these otherworldly images!  I'll leave the lead photo above where it is, and update the pictures and text below by putting new ones immediately below this point. 
                                                                                        All pictures copyright by Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon, Tokyo - 2005

What strikes me about the next few pictures is the way that this cheap camera, through its defective vision, has transformed what was a very plain, ordinary, boring, mundane street into something that looks better than a clearer view.  This begs that a question or two be asked - is this not a metaphor for the world?  When you see something clearly and try to explain it to someone who seems to be oblivious to the obvious, more often than not they angrily shut their eyes tighter still and say "No!  What I see is the truth!  You are lying!"  The first reaction you may have to hearing this is a disappointed shock at seeing someone actually - deliberately - not wanting to see the truth.  "How can they not want to know the truth?" you think.  But have a look at this image below.  It looks kind of nice - a few shades of green on the left there, pleasing pastel colors to the right of that, with blues and white in the upper center.  The actual ugly reality of this mundane street in suburbia could be seen for what it is in a photo taken with a proper camera - but do you want to see it?  No.  And why should you?  This looks nice - why see it with 20/20 vision?
     But if only everything were as simple as art!  Standing on the bow of the Titanic before the collision, who wants to contemplate the ugly truth of the iceberg about to sink the ship?  Anyone? 
Everyone?  Ah... but only if they know that it will sink the ship!  By the time they believe that awful possibility, the ship is halfway under water and beyond the point of being saved.  And so I say that the rose-colored glasses have to come off (from time to time at least) to have a hard, cold, clear look at the seas we sail!
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Digital cameras (and people's eyes) automatically color-correct for different light sources, but the old junker I'm using for this page doesn't seem to have that at all, or else it's not functioning.  In any case, since the camera only works in one mode, it's good in a comparative way.  Notice the light intensity of the two following pictures - first the green lights of a station platform (probably in fact green, but appearing white to human eyes at the time - along with the creepy feeling florescent lights engender), and then the vastly overlit interior of a train.  I sometimes wear sunglasses to deal with the intense lighting of some trains - which might even be considered too bright for a doctor in an operating room.  Well... that's (possibly) an overstatement, but the light intensity is way overdone in any case.

If the light were not directly shining into your eyes as you sit there rapidly getting painful eyes and a headache, it wouldn't be so bad, but that harsh light mercilessly blasting away really can make late-night train travel unpleasant.  It's my theory that they blast people with 20X more light than is necessary for illumination in a (successful it seems) effort to keep crime down.  Who wants to do anything strange when they're standing in an intense spotlight?
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Ah... now here we have natural light filtering through tree leaves... so much nicer than the unfriendly blast of florescent lights!