It was awesome to spend a week in Japan with my family during its cherry blossom season. Like giant cotton candies, they were everywhere, in parks, shrines, up the hill or down in someone’s backyard. And wherever you find them, there will be cameras, humongous lenses, tripods, cellphones and of course, pretty girls in kimono.
I have always enjoyed taking photos of cool things when I travel. But this time, I was inspired by Kelvin to try something new, and to put the sketchbook he gave me into good use. I ended up sketching with ink, which produced a style that I really liked as long as I didn’t make too many mistakes. It forced me to be mindful of the composition before laying down a single stroke, and be concise when I do. While it was not as easy as pressing the shutter button on a camera, it was great fun and I learned a lot from the process. Fortunately my parents didn’t mind finding ways to entertain themselves while I hacked away.
Japan is such a fascinating place to visit. From their architecture to their cuisine, everything is just so beautifully and meticulously orchestrated. Now only if the locals can speak better English….