When the Wind
of any megacity on the planet share their air with fire-breathing
machinery and the megacities of Japan are no exception. And so,
when powerful winds blow in from across the seas, I am always excited
by the drama of dramatic clouds speeding overhead, rain blowing in
horizontally, and... the clean and clear air! On just such a
day I visited Yokohama (April 27th, 2004) and took the accompanying
photo (original much higher resolution BTW). A lucky break in
the rain allowed me to get out in the open air with my camera and
take a few quick photos while hurriedly and nervously wiping the
occasional drops of rain off the camera. Water on a film camera
is nerve wracking enough, but on the bundle of computerized
electronics that make up a digital camera, it's downright risky!
I accused myself of being a fool for putting my camera in harm's way,
but - at least this time - I was able to get a few pictures that I
like and the camera seems to still be okay.
The thing about days when the air is clear, is that I wonder how long we will be cursed with the sloppy technology of internal combustion engines. Until recently I viewed them as something we're stuck with, and envied people in the past who could breathe clean air every day of their lives. But now... I think we should look forward and really push for better technology for cars. Breathing exhaust from fire-breathing mechanical monsters doesn't bother everyone, but it is healthy for none! Until the mechanical monsters retire, I look forward to the next storm.
Copyright 2004 - Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon, Images Through Glass, Tokyo