Nostalgia: Kyoto in the 90s

More nostalgia.

Kyoto 1998. I had one of these Pentax Espio 115M cameras. It had a panorama settings which at the time I thought was pretty awesome but now realise was nothing more than a mask to blacken two-thirds of the frame. It also had an almost unusable zoom. I can’t remember taking a single shot with it fully extended that didn’t end up in a blurry mess.

But I digress. I loved that camera, I loved the panoramic setting, and I loved exploring Kyoto with all the naivety and curiosity of a Japan newbie.

And with recent weeks spent at home due to the virus, the heat, and a young daughter I decided to pull out some old negatives and rescan them.

You can’t do that with digital. You can’t look in a dusty old box in a drawer and retrieve memories of your youth.

Back in those days I just wandered with the Pentax, bought whatever film they had in the nearest convenience store or camera shop, took photos and forgot about them. No desire to get them printed immediately or share them with anyone.

It was simple.

Explore. Photograph. Repeat.

These were all shot on Konica 400 something-or-other film and I have not looked after the negatives well. I have lots more that I may post in the future.

One response to “Nostalgia: Kyoto in the 90s”

  1. […] If you are in Japan within reasonable distance of Kyōto and have time, go there, and go now. Last weekend we took a family trip to catch up with friends and take in some sights. Kiyomizu temple (清水寺) was by usual standards deserted. Ginkakuji (銀閣寺) too. There were parts of Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社・the shrine we all know with the thousands of red torii gates) where you could actually take a photo with nobody around. It felt like being in Japan 20 years ago. […]


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