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Selfridge Xmas Window 2015

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Hand is a body parts which got second highest concentration of

the nerve after the eyes.  And especially we human got our hands

best developed among the any animal, we have best and the most

delicate control of them.    So that, not only its dexterity and the

function, its acquired the mean of expression as well. 

We can read the meaning of what the hand is telling or symbolizes,

and the eyes tend to follow what the hand is expressing.  

(I mean not only F**K or Peace sign but also more delicate mood

of its operator as well.)  🙂  

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In old days, Selfridge’s decoration was based on the Children’s Tales

— though children themselves are not the shopper, and the Xmas

itself has changed its character too = Religious to Kid’ and to the

Grownup’s Shopping event.  🙂

= So, the window decorations now are,   Grownup’s fantasy !

(often, bizarre one) —– and they are fun to watch !   🙂

The lens used for those shootings were either Canon Fish-eye 8~15mm or

homemade, so-called Gaudy Lens and the Camera was Canon 5D Mk-III.

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  1. BIOS said, on December 12, 2015 at 08:17

    oh dear ur doing christmas cards and selfridges and fortnum mason every year. maybe its a zen japanese thing to do it again and again just a little different and little more perfect. but its BORING!

    • yoshizen said, on December 12, 2015 at 09:48

      BORING, you might have thought — you got certain point as the location were the same.
      And in the same context, I got tens of the post dealing with Cherry flowers of which all of
      them got an almost identical 5 petals structure. But so far I never noticed the same image
      appeared on front of the camera = even same flower shows the different face on the next moment.
      —– couldn’t see the difference IS the limitation of the eyes and the mind.

      The refinement of the Japanese culture was achieved on the minute, almost invisible adjustment
      of next by next and its accumulation of years, and over the generations of the continuing work.
      If you didn’t noticed, I should tell you, that it was the first time I used Homemade, Single-lens
      Gaudy lens for Selfridge’s shooting. And I liked the result, hence it became the largest post.
      As the matter of fact, they are the test-bench of the lens and my photography. And I started the
      annual shooting of the Selfridge Xmas window on a film camera more than 30 years ago.

      —– Incidentally, when I saw a BIOS chip in a PC many years ago, its logo seemed to me a
      haunting numeric figure of the 8105 😀 = and I was utterly annoyed. Ha ha ha 😀
      (It was a trouble of the eyes and the mind. Ha ha ha 😀 )

  2. BIOS said, on December 12, 2015 at 10:05

    yes BIOS = 8105 haha. so crucial to computer starting up 🙂

    basically i think you are imprisoned by your location. maybe take a long walk to find new things to look at?

  3. BIOS said, on December 12, 2015 at 12:38

    wow 🙂

    why does one want to make something?
    where does that urge come from?

    what is the role of observation?
    when to act?

    • yoshizen said, on December 12, 2015 at 13:15

      Think, you are a primitive man looking for a stone to clack a hard shell =
      try to find good shape, right weight etc — if you choose bad one you may
      not succeed = couldn’t survive. = To seek “Better” and its urge may be genetic.
      And to find the danger or opportunity (food) and to learn, observation is the Start.
      That’s why all the advanced (= evolutionary successful) creatures got advanced eyes.
      With those 5 senses and subconscious data-bank (Memories of experiences) intuitively
      tell, what is coming danger or the food is waiting = ACT now !
      And when you doing something, “wait a moment, this way is better” then DO it.
      (If you just waiting and do nothing, there couldn’t be the moment to conceive Better.)

  4. elmediat said, on December 13, 2015 at 19:43

    Excellent sequence and context of theme. Beautifully rendered. 🙂

    • yoshizen said, on December 13, 2015 at 21:17

      Thank you Kanski. It was thanks to the lens. 🙂


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