August 2010
2010, Aug 31
New exhibit from Patick Tsai, “Hot Water”

About three years ago it was very hard to look at Flickr without coming across My Little Dead Dick, a photo project between Patrick Tsai and Madi Ju documenting their life together. So many things about that project seemed so right for the time: here were young people shooting film through compact cameras with abandon, taking the material of their own lives and turning it into art, all seemingly without very much effort at all. If they worked “jobs” at all, that didn’t come through in their photos—which seemed born of a will to live and breathe photography at each waking moment. Apart from the obvious/voyeuristic interest people have in observing other people’s lives, I think this seriously unrestrained drive to shoot made the project a breath of fresh air in the internet photo world. It’s hard to speak about “generations” online, because everything moves quickly, but I’m sure My Little Dead Dick will come to be cited as an important reference point for some crop of hotshot photographers coming to your monitor in a few years. Pat and Madi were, for me at least, the first and last real Flickr stars.

from “Hot Water” by Patrick Tsai

I’d read an interview with Pat where he said he was moving to Tokyo, so once I got here I sent him an email to see if he wanted to hang out. I didn’t actually expect to hear from him, but he got right back to me and we met up a couple of days later. We’ve been really good friends since then – Pat is one of the most generous dudes I know, and I’m forever indebted to him for hooking me up with my job here.

Pat has a new exhibit which is opening this coming Saturday, September 4, at Cultivate Gallery in Tokyo. It’s called “Hot Water,” and I don’t want to give away too much but it is definitely worth checking out. There’s an opening party on Saturday from 5-8, I’ll be there and if you mention Street Level Japan (just yell it out if you dont recognize me ok, i prob wont be the only paleface) I’ll get you a beer.

The exhibit is up from September 4 – September 26, only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-7pm. GOOG MAP


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2010, Aug 30




i want to use this blog to practice japanese. i’m not any good right now, but i’m learning more, and maybe people could talk back and forth??? anyway for your own entertainment, this is what google says i wrote. i would hope that i come across slightly better to a japanese reader:

I think now a little blog in Japanese. Last year (2009) came a month after, and was studying Japanese. But, not so good, Osowaritai further. Naturally, the common mistakes. . .

Question to this blog. In Japanese, the text to read about funny pictures. Kanji 字書 look it up in slow electron. Recommend you might be? ? Words might be interesting Naoya Hatakeyama.

When you make a mistake, please talk to her anytime! Thank you!


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2010, Aug 30

it’s been too long without a post, though certainly not for any lack of activity here. a couple of conversations with some people here, and seeing tavi’s blog a few times, has led me to believe that i should be a little bit more open about what i am doing here in japan. so i will give an update on that soon.

about two years ago i made myself write enough posts so that i could have one go up every weekday. sitting at a desk all day made that easier, and that’s not my situation now, but i think posting 2-3 times a week should be pretty reasonable. marc thought it was better to let posts be infrequent but of a higher quality. i have been in that mode of writing for the last few months, but it’s not very fulfilling for me, blog posts as a rule do not get very much reaction – this is true even of marc’s posts, which are a cut above most of the blog chatter. (hi marc, how ya doin man???) i want to actually be practicing my writing, and to start doing that i have to be posting more.

of course you can expect the same type of posts which continue to bring my millions of visitors back each month, still unsatiated in their desire to consume anti-cynical, pro-revolutionary critique of contemporary japanese photography…


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