This is my first stranger portrait in a while – for some reason I have not felt the urge (or inspiration?) to find subjects for the project lately. But during my vacation in Japan, I did find the opportunity to take one picture!
At the Miyagawa market in Hida Takayama, this farmer sells his goods every morning in a stall next to the Miyagawa river near the Old Town. He doesn’t speak a single word of English, and my Japanese is non-existent, but through gestures and perseverance we managed to communicate somehow. He pointed to his name on a plaque (諏訪忠義 – Suwa Tadayoshi) and where his fruits and vegetables came from (諏訪果樹園 – Suwa Orchard). Suwa-san saw me taking pictures of the market and gladly posed for a few portraits with his prized apple in hand. I purchased one of his white peaches – it was incredibly juicy and flavourful. His wife peeled and segmented it for me so I could eat it on the spot. Gotta love Japanese hospitality!
Suwa-san kept speaking to me in Japanese even though I was pretty clueless… but clearly he is passionate about his farming and his produce. I managed to decipher that he is 70 years old… and uhh.. that’s pretty much it 🙂 His family was at the stall and found our ‘conversation’ pretty amusing.
I even managed to find his orchards web page. Domo arigato gozaimasu, Suma-san.
This picture is #14 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page.
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 1/100 Debbie
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 2/100 Georgia
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 3/100 Henry
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 4/100 Dennis
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 5/100 Police Officer
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 6/100 Ryan
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 7/100 Irfam
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 8/100 Krystal
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 9/100 Chris
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 10/100 Jill
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 11/100 Dawn
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 12/100 Frits
- Flickr 100 Strangers – 13/100 Henry