《在咖啡冷掉之前》川口俊和

This is part of a new series of writings that I’m planning to do, which is to write my thoughts after reading a book. For books in Mandarin, I will write my thoughts in Mandarin. For books in English, I will write my thoughts in English. Apologise for any inconvenience caused.

My Page在咖啡冷掉之前,你最想回到过去的那一段时光,你最想遇见过去的哪一个人呢?

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《日本一周》尤文瀚

This is part of a new series of writings that I’m planning to do, which is to write my thoughts after reading a book. For books in Mandarin, I will write my thoughts in Mandarin. For books in English, I will write my thoughts in English. Apologise for any inconvenience caused.

为了一个梦想,你愿意付出多少的努力,多少的牺牲?
为了一个愿望,你愿意翻越多少座高山,多少片平原?

从单纯的想旅行日本,到下定决心用单车环绕日本一周,文瀚并没有万全的计划,但是他还是勇敢的踏出了第一步,后来的事再慢慢烦恼与安排就好了。也许当时他抱着的,是“有些事现在不做,一辈子都不会做了”的想法与决心,所以才会来到日本,圆了他生命中的一个梦想吧?

这本书讲述的,是他骑着那菜篮脚踏车,从东京出发北上北海道,然后南下九州,最后再回到东京的历程。当中遇到了不少的惊险与困难,像是福岛核电站事故,台风,迷路,爆胎等。每天骑行上百公里,日晒雨淋,晚上还得窝在帐篷里在街头露宿,到底为了什么?这也许是许多人无法理解的地方。

看完这本后,我似乎有了些许的了解。这趟旅行本身,仿佛就像是人生的缩影一样。当中有着悲欢与离合,有着痛苦与挣扎,有着迷失与孤独,有着失望与绝望,但也有着希望与圆满。骑行确实辛苦,但是过程中文瀚却得到了许多人的帮助与鼓励。无论是简单的一句“加油”,一罐热咖啡,又或是一段闲聊,他们都一点一滴的构筑起一段仅属于文瀚的故事,成为他独一无二的旅行经历。这些看似微不足道的小温暖,想必将来还是会在某天想起来时温暖着文瀚的心房吧?

也许人生也不过如此。不是常常有人把人生比喻成一段旅程吗?人生这趟旅程,一样无法完美的安排,但是还是得硬着头皮继续往前。不是所有人都能理解你的旅程的意义,也只有你自己会知道当中的酸甜苦辣。偶尔会遇上挫折,偶尔会遇上贵人,偶尔会想流一下眼泪,偶尔会想停下来歇一歇。文瀚的日本一周,让我看见了人的一生,有一种很不可思议的感觉。

《六弄咖啡馆》藤井树

This is part of a new series of writings that I’m planning to do, which is to write my thoughts after reading a book. For books in Mandarin, I will write my thoughts in Mandarin. For books in English, I will write my thoughts in English. Apologise for any inconvenience caused.

这是我第二次读这本书。第一次读的时候是在看了电影后,为了补完电影剧情而透过网络小说网站读了一遍。那时候呢,虽然说是觉得故事还蛮不错,但是却还不至于产生共鸣。而从去年年末开始,我的心情就一直不怎么好,非常低落,异常沮丧。问我为什么呢,也说不出个所以然,就是许许多多的事让我越发觉得透不过气来。在那时候,我突然想起了这故事,想起了这本书。于是,我就发疯似的走遍了大小书店,终于被我找到了这本书。买下来,然后再细细的品味一番。

《六弄咖啡馆》的故事开始得唯甜唯美,但却以悲痛欲绝的方式结束了故事。这是关闵绿的一生,这是他给予的选择,这是他得出的答案。也许你不会认同,但是…这也许就是人生。为什么我会想再一次看着故事呢?可能是因为我觉得现在的我,就像是关闵绿那样,陷入了六弄人生,无论怎么走都是死胡同,找不到出口吧?

一事无成的事业,那是我的第一弄。
疏远淡薄的亲情,那是我的第二弄。
不善经营的爱情,那是我的第三弄。
一成不变的生活,那是我的第四弄。
迷茫无助的未来,那是我的第五弄。
浑噩庸碌的自己,那是我的第六弄。

就像闵绿那样,我看不见出口,眼前出现的尽是死胡同。这一次读着这本书的我,更加有着“深感同受”的感觉,仿佛就要透不过气来一样。如果我能够活上六十岁,现在的我棺材都盖上一半了。但是,现在的我…却卡在了这里,停滞不前,无法进退。我知道这是我的人生,我知道没有人能够替我解决我的问题。解铃还须系铃人,希望我能够找得到那把寻觅已久的钥匙吧。

Digging into the thought process of a photographer

I bought the book “Magnum Contact Sheet” quite a while back but was not able to really to have time to sit down and read it through. Well, finally I did now. For those who enjoyed shooting streets or documentary style photography, this book can easily be the “bible” for one to own and keep. Of course there’re a lot more to offer in terms of content inside the book, which I believe is useful to all photographers out there.

The book shows contact sheets, which are series or sequence of photographs taken by the photographer for a particular event or moment. Looking through the contact sheets, you will be able to understand how the iconic pictures were made back then. The first thing that struck me was that there’s almost always more than one frame being captured in order to arrive at that one iconic shot. By looking through the contact sheets, you will get a sense of the photographers’ thought process in arriving at the final image.

Is it a decisive moment? Is it spray and pray? Is it staged? Is it cropped or post processed? I’ll leave it for you to explore and find out the answer on some of the iconic shots. You’ll be amazed. My key takeaway from this book is this: it doesn’t matter if you take multiple shots in order to get that one shot you want, it doesn’t really matter if you crop or post processed your picture, all that matter is the mind behind the camera. The thought process when moving from frame to frame, changing of composition, waiting for different subject, playing with the light and shadow… if there’s a thought being put in for each frame, you will eventually find the “one frame” that defines your thought.

This is indeed a good photography book for me to kickstart the year. Although there isn’t much plan for me on photography this year, reading books like this does keep my spirit and interest going. Highly recommended.