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Tokyo in the Shadow of the Virus on One Roll of Film (Podcast 708)

A warts-and-all photographic essay of Tokyo in the shadow of the Corona Virus. This was a tag-on project as I made a quarterly visit to the hospital.

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Bill Page
    Posted at 22:12h, 27 June Reply

    Thanks appreciate the info and pictures

  • Luis Gomez
    Posted at 22:51h, 27 June Reply

    Martin, I love the way you do storytelling, and the pics with the Rolleiflex, that model was one of my first cameras my father gave me. My father loved fine cameras and every time he had the opportunity to fly to Germany he’ll buy a new camera.

    At the end of your writing you made a mistake with the date, instead of June you said September.

    Hello from Colombia, and stay safe.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 06:39h, 28 June Reply

      Thanks, Luis! That’s so cool that your father would buy cameras from Germany. The engineering of this camera is unbelievable. I’ve only owned mine for 6 months, but it’s a joy to work with and so much more disarming than a modern camera.

      Thanks for pointing out the September mistake. What’s that all about? I must be overworked. Honestly, I could swear I wrote June, and have no idea why it shifted three full months. Kind of worrying, actually! 🙂

      You stay safe too. Thanks for stopping by.


  • Dave Riddell
    Posted at 10:15h, 28 June Reply

    Loved the story, Martin.

    How did you find “firing” yourself? Did you have an interview process to be re-engaged as the CEO, or was there a bit of nepotism/cronyism…? This would make a very funny short video.

    Take care!

    PS How often do you have to go through that rigamarole?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:50h, 29 June Reply

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks! I’m pleased you enjoyed this.

      I generally just made a joke. I was with my wife and the accountant in his office, with a number of his staff behind us when he raised that this was the situation. I said that it was a weight off my shoulders, but of course, being me doesn’t suck. I must admit, I’ve considered getting a day job again once or twice, usually for around three seconds, then I snap back to reality and starkly realize that I doubt I could ever work for someone else again. I work too hard most of the time, but in general, I love the life I’ve made for myself.

      Apparently, if the company is listed on the stock exchange, the CEO has to be reelected every two years, but for privately owned corporations, this can be set to a maximum of ten years. I actually incorporated my company in November of 2010, and we set the first fiscal year to run for just six months, so it’s been nine years and eight months for me right now. I will have to do it again in exactly ten years though if I’m still in business. I hope I am!

      You take care and stay well too.


  • Ulana Switucha
    Posted at 22:41h, 28 June Reply

    I found your walk through Tokyo contemplative giving me a sense of familiarity. What a great exercise to do even on a digital camera (if one has the self discipline to stick to 12! )

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:52h, 29 June Reply

      Thanks, Ulana! Take a look to see if you have any old really small memory cards around. I found one once that gave me exactly 36 frames on the camera at that time. The same as a roll of 35mm film, which I thought was a good number. 🙂

  • Charlotte Gibb
    Posted at 00:44h, 29 June Reply

    Loved this blog, Martin. One of your best.

  • kumar
    Posted at 15:36h, 23 July Reply

    nice pic

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