These are Tokyo's Riverside Apartments, where you can wake up every morning to the fresh air and the sights and smells of Tokyo's spine: the Sumida River.
The Sumida-gawa runs right up through Tokyo. You can get from Asakusa all the way down to Odaiba by the 'waterbuses' - boats which carry passengers up and down the river.
The "homeless" of Tokyo live here, camped out along the river. Homeless people are a common sight in Tokyo. They live in the train stations, on the parks, and here. I'm sure here must be some of the best digs for a homeless Tokyo-ite... it is oddly quiet and eerily peaceful next to the river, despite the highway directly above and the trains running by on the nearest bridge.
Out of respect I never ventured past this point on the Sumida-gawa terrace. I decided it better to not complicate these people's lives by seeing a foreign tourist. I must seem filthy rich to them, money wise, but I think they have the richest lives here by the river. They might not have TVs, the latest DVDs and games consoles, expensive leather shoes, Armani suits and Swiss watches, but they keep their houses clean and they live lives without complications.
Except for where the next meal is coming from...
Technical: Cropped and made a sepia tone. I feel it makes the image more peaceful and cleaner.
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Cardenal (0) 2006-03-21 20:06
I like the Architecture lines, Good thing you did it in BW as well. It gives it a special feel.
mvanderrohe (249) 2006-03-21 22:58
Nice shot of a worrying scene. A sharp and well balanced b&w picture. Great POV. Thanks for the interesting notes. Well done!
gabse (379) 2006-03-22 9:11
This I like a lot. I like the angle and how all the lines are more or less paralel and converging in the same spot. Nice clarity and details...Also good choice for b&w.
Keep up the good work,
shailesh_date (599) 2006-03-23 7:52
You said the image looks peaceful, but I find it disturbing...
There are not many sites in Tokyo or Japan that offer such contrasting signs of economical development and the people left behind for whatever reasons....
On my way to office I see a similar riverside mansion every morning and have thought of taking a picture for a while.
tdanny (663) 2006-04-22 11:56
I must say that am shocked to see these people are so dicipline to be so well organised and clean living underneath the elevated highways!
Captured a goog angle that strecth up the end and the black and white works well here.
Prysme (97) 2006-06-30 10:04
Good composition, the riverside catches the focus and drives it into the numbered "homeless house".
racheltafoya (509) 2009-03-01 13:02
Richard, I think this is one of your better shots artistically. It's something most people never get to witness, and there's a stillness that I haven't noticed so much in your other photos. Better composition too. The best I can put it is: You seem to have put a lot of thought into this image. It has visual interest from the architectural elements, river, lighting, and sidewalk. Thank you!
- Copyright: Richard Eccleston (Klapaucius) (623)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-02-12
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 775
- Exposure: f/3.0, 1/161 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Tokyo 2006
- Date Submitted: 2006-03-21 12:10