Walk With Me: A Piece of Peace Part 2
by Jay Revelle
April 25, 2018
It's a pleasure for me. The process of photographing. Being physically in the world, eyes open, attentive, sensing, and at some point, connecting. To be in the world and of the world. To be, at the same time, out of your head, yet absolutely, exactly, there. It's thrilling when your eyes get ahead of your brain. – Henry Wessel, American photographer
In Part 1, we explored nighttime film photographs of the areas of Fujisawa, Kamakura, and Zushi/Hayama at night, which sit somewhat sandwiched between some of America's biggest military installations in the Far East. In Part 2, we take a look at some nocturnes of a residential area on an actual U.S. base in Japan: Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
I’ve always wondered: “What does it look like on base?” “What does the ‘human landscape’ look like there at night?” Well, one night, an American friend of mine took me on base proper. The weather was perfectly aligned with my preference for shooting at night: Overcast, no wind.
If residents of Japan such as myself ever wondered, it turns out that “they” live much the same as “us,” and vice versa. This is the U.S. human landscape in Japan. Cherry blossom trees line the streets, much like the “Main Streets” of Japan.
The base has a hometown feel to it. Despite us standing around at night with cameras, which could at times be taken as suspicious activity, American families walking back to their residences often greeted us warmly. Everyone says hello as we session neighborhoods, often running into people that my friend knows. They say hello to me too.
Then, we stroll off down the street, looking for the next interesting nighttime human landscape to shoot, some of which are shown here.
To enjoy such a serene and pleasant evening on the grounds of one of America’s biggest military installations in the Far East is a great reminder to be thankful for the rewards of hard-fought peace—geopolitically and locally—on the “Main Streets” of Anytown U.S.A. & Japan. I hope that you can feel this piece of peace as well when viewing these pictures. Thank you for taking a look, and thank you for taking a Walk With Me.