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When I Am King

Posted by
Mike Cash (Kiryu, Japan) on 7 May 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

When I am king, the first thing I'm going to do is ban these damned masks.

Pentax K-5
Takumar 105/2.8 (Preset)

PENTAX K-5 1/320 second ISO 400 150 mm (35mm equiv.)

Hans ter Horst from Ealing, United Kingdom

LOL, I know what you mean, when I first got to Japan and saw those masks I thought all those people had tuberculosis or another terrible contagious decease. :-)

7 May 2011 9:40am

@Hans ter Horst: Nope....just hay fever.

Dan from Canada

They do kinda spoil the rest of her look, don't they...

7 May 2011 3:32pm

@Dan: The story of my photographic life each and every spring. I don't know why they bother to get all gussied up then ruin it by slapping a mask on. I guess the people here have just trained themselves not to even be aware of them. Same way you can show them a group photo with 20 people in it and NOBODY will notice the 37 peace signs being given until and unless you point it out to them.

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

I think this mask is desperate extremity for her in the meanwhile...

7 May 2011 4:19pm

Jeffrey Friedl from Kyoto, Japan

I was on a shinkansen the other day, and before arrival a lady checked herself in the mirror, and adjusted her hair a bit. I wondered what she was looking at, because I couldn't see much of her... she had a hat with a deep brim, and a full-face mask, so only her eyes stuck out a bit, like with a burqa, so it was a bit comical that she thought she had much appearance to adjust.

But I understand the masks... if the person has a cold, I appreciate them not giving it to me, and if they have allergies, well, I don't, so I really can't appreciate how bad it might be.

10 May 2011 12:12pm

1/320 second
ISO 400
150 mm (35mm equiv.)