Kanmaki, Osaka Prefecture, Japan February 25, 2006
I was on my way to Kawaramachi Station in Kyoto and just happened to pass Oka Photographic. I lived just down the street, it felt like any other Saturday but for me this moment comes to mind from time to time.
The supermarket just beyond Mr. Oka's shop would have been full of mainly women picking up the day's supply of sashimi and wonderful, choice steaks. A laid back neighbourhood, just outside of the hustle of Osaka, just on the way to Kyoto for many commuters and shoppers.
I wonder if anyone felt the significance of this moment as I did. This was Mr. Oka watching his Noritsu photo-processing machine being hauled away, never to return. Digital was the end of the Oka 60 minute processing business.
So many families had their negatives and prints ready for pick up on their way home or on their way back from picking up groceries. Everyone had a family techie, someone who would set up the home computer and printer. The Oka shop gradually became very quiet and had stayed open later in the evenings.
Photography records history, it is hardly permanent and is subject to an evolution just like our lives and other businesses. I think about Mr. Oka at times, he was a quiet and very helpful man.
Life goes on, I made my short 30 minute trip to Kyoto, photographed trendy girls. Found some odd, older men and had a large amount of coffee and donuts with my best photographic pal, *maggot as he is known.
*He hung out with Parliament Funkadelic and loved Maggotbrain back in the day