Sapporo: Snow Festival and a "Nice Shot"
February 8, 2014
My dear friends with a camera,
At first, the Japanese I observe seem distant and cool, focused and serious. I doubt whether I will have any success shooting people.
As I walk toward the Sapporo Snow Festival, two young girls cross my path. Undaunted, I raise my camera and propose “photo?” The girls respond with an eager smile. They pose and pose and continue to pose with creative feminine energy.
I present my work. Cheerfully, they respond, in choral unison, “Nice shot!”
And so it goes. Here at the chilly (frigid) Snow Festival, I receive a warm reception. I take many “nice shots” - little kids, big kids and their parents.
The sculptures are impressive, but the smiles are my favorite subjects. The warmth threatens the snow.
So my friends, if you carry a camera, stow a smile in your case. The dour and the sour are only a first impression, and usually just a veneer that quickly melts away.
Fear not. Ask. With a smile. You’ll get a “nice shot.”