the new representing the old

the new representing the old - street photography

tokyo, japan

A traditional family portrait taken at Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in 628.

I was drawn to this “out of place” island of tradition and formality in the midst of all the surrounding noise and chaos.

Note that mother and father are separated by grandfather. Note that nobody is touching or showing affection in any way. Note that none are smiling. Note that everyone is formally dressed.

And finally note that the most obvious display of tradition, and all the history that represents, is in the young girls costume. The new representing the old.

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  1. Leonore says

    backstory and analysis much appreciated. getting to see the image through your eye, adds much to the viewing. thx.