This is just a taste of some loose stamps in my collection. I have many more mounted with hinges in albums and over time I’ll be working to unmount them and get them cleaned up and scanned.
For more on how these stamps were scanned and processed check out this post.
Taiwan (Republic of China)
My Flickr contact eses moto posted this brilliant silhouette of what looks like a woman and a screen with a great pattern on it. Fantastic.
My Flickr contact rosemary* posted this wonderful image of a hypericum with great, dreamy bokeh and shadows of the stamen on the leaves.
My long time Flickr contact minato took this self-portrait in a wisteria garden in Japan. The full frame Canon 5D and fast 50mm lens make the bokeh look like watercolor. I love the color of her hat, all the colors actually. Brilliant.
My Flickr contact obtus took this interesting reflection somewhere in Japan with his Ricoh GR. This is a terrific genre and a number of my Flickr contacts are really good at it. Almost looks like a double exposure which the Ricoh GR is capable of in-camera, but it’s a single shot of a window.
My Flickr contact taro kunugi took this terrific image of a vineyard covered with snow with his Ricoh GR II in Yamanashi, Japan.
My long-time Flickr contact rosemary* posted this beautiful shot of momiji (Japanese maple) leaves with very nice circular bokeh.
My Flickr contact Tatsuo Suzuki posted this brilliant reflection portrait, taken with a Fuji X100F in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
My friend Edward told me about an episode of Chef’s Table on Netflix about Ivan Orkin, a ramen cook with a fascinating life story. The food aspect of the documentary is great but his story is even better. Nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn becomes most famous ramen chef in Tokyo, Japan by putting a little schmaltz (Yiddish: chicken fat) in his traditional Japanese cookery. Brilliant.
If you stream Netflix give it a go:
Chef’s Table, Season 3, Episode 4: Ivan Orkin
Anne and I plan to eat in one of Ivan’s two restaurants the next time we’re in New York.
He’s also got a book out that includes his story and the complete recipe for his shio ramen dish, including his ramen noodles with rye flour.
Ivan Ramen on iBooks
Ivan Ramen on Amazon
Of course, pictures of Ivan and his food are all over Flickr.
Flickr member taro kunugi posted this great shot of a crushed can that used to contain coffee. We noticed coffee in cans from vending machines twenty years ago when we were in Japan.
This shot reminds me of the work of Irving Penn: large format prints of half-smoked cigarettes he found on the ground.