Photographer's Note

I've titled this shot "Decisions" for several reasons. One it plays off what I think was my wrong choice of subject matter (my decision) vs. the couple making their decision from behind the glass. I will highlight my shooting dilema as follows, making this photo more informationally relevant to Japan's shopping experiences and well...their economy (which by the way may be long winded).

First off, "Decisions" comes from the myriad of shoppers in high end boutiques that dance back and forth, salivating on their next big ticket purhcase (as seen with this particular couple).

Shopping in Japan is unparalled to anything else you might imagine. It is pure sensory overload. It is enrapturing, arousing, awe inspiring, overwhelming and sometimes a truly claustrophobic experience. With that said; there never seems to be any slowing to the market. It appears to always be in a "B O O M" state with boutiques and malls swamped with shoppers.

This non stop shopping is in high contrast to the many investors that have been worried recently about the Yen vs. the U.S. Dollar. This has only been a slight anomaly due to lower then expected growth in the 3rd quarter of 2006. A side effect to the weak Yen made Japanese exports (cough cough - CANON) cheaper for the rest of the world to import. Another reason for the slight slide was that the Bank of Japan didn't raise interest rates (currently 0.25%) as expected in January (2007).

So why if the market looks bad don't the Japanese tighten the purse strings - I don't have the answer I'm afraid.

Secondly the title "Decisions", highlights the decision I made for this photo. I chose the window showcase to highlight as my subject as it was pristine, almost immaculate in it's appearance with the inclusion of the couple rendered out of focus. I feel I made the wrong choice, and that the photo should have told a bigger story making encompassing the shoppers as sharp details within making their decision.

Ahh...Decisions Decisions

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