Wednesday, May 31, 2017

People in Japan

Continuing my series of posts showing people in Japan, this is a group of Miko, or shrine maidens, at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. This photos was shot on 35mm film in June of 1988.

Monday, May 29, 2017

People in japan

A friend of mine was recently complaining that I never take pictures of people. It is true that, while people sometimes appear in my photos, they are almost never the subject of the photo. This is because, as a rule, people don't interest me as a photographic subject. I'm sorry, but they don't.

The one place that has been an exception to this was when I was traveling in Japan. I found everything fascinating in Japan, including the people. This week, to make my friend happy, I am posting photos of people in Japan.

In the photo above a Buddhist priest leads a tour of the Todaiji Temple, in Nara, Japan.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Lodge, IL

This is a picture of the old, but still functioning, grain elevator in tiny Lodge Illinois. These old grain elevators are incredibly picturesque, but are also disappearing. This photo was shot on 35mm color film this past February, scanned, and rendered in black and white.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cloud Gate

This is another photo from ten years ago. The Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park is one of Chicago's main tourist attractions. This photo is a rarity because it shows Cloud Gate on a beautiful day with almost no people around. That wouldn't happen today. The photo has been rendered as a painting.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spring in ECIL

We're finally getting real spring here in East-Central Illinois. this photo is from ten years ago, but I like how it evokes some of the subtleties of spring in the countryside.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Graduation Tradition

As mentioned in the previous post, it is a tradition at the University of Illinois for graduates to have their picture taken with the Alma Mater statue. The University even supplies a cap and gown for Alma herself.

Of course, the only problem is that the lines are long as people wait in the sun to get the picture.

I shot some video over the weekend and compiled it here:

Commencement 2017 from Paul D. Healey on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Illinois Icon

This past weekend was graduation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When graduating, one of the traditions here is to have your picture taken in your cap and gown in front of the Alma Mater statute. It is a beautiful site on campus, and creates a worth memory.

Monday, May 15, 2017


This week I'm posting photos related to graduation at the University of Illinois, which was held this past weekend. The weather could not have been nicer with clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid 70s. The crowds were huge. 30,000 people attended the main graduation ceremony as the University celebrates its 150th anniversary. In this photo graduates pose for photos on the Quad, with Foellenger auditorium in the background.

Friday, May 12, 2017


Canyonlands National Park in eastern Utah is a spectacular place. This is the view from the Islands in the Sky Visitor's Center in the northern part of the park. This photo was taken in October, which is a great time to visit, both for the weather and the lack of crowds.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Fading Countryside

This is a shot of an old, fading barn in in rural Ohio, along US 62. The photo was shot in infrared and converted to black and white.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Philly Sunset

Here is a nice sunset view of part of downtown Philadelphia. The tower in the background is the Philadelphia Inquirer building. The roof on the left is of the old Reading Terminal, which is now a massive food court and part of the convention center.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Japan: Shrines and Temples

As I mentioned in my first post this week, many shrines and temples in Japan are small affairs tucked away in local neighborhoods. This is a photo of the Tatsumi Daimyojin shrine, tucked into a corner of the Gion neighborhood in Kyoto. I discovered it one night while on a walk, and its nighttime lighting had a wonderful effect.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Japan: Shrines and Temples

Sensoji Temple, in the Asakusa section of Tokyo, is Tokyo's oldest temple, having been founded in the year 628. It is also the most visited spiritual site in the world, with over 30 million visitors every year. The photo above is of the Hozomon Gate, which is the entry to the inner shrine complex. Sensoji qualifies as a must-see destination for visitors to Tokyo, and is well worth seeing.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Japan: Shrines and Temples

Japan is absolutely crowded with Shinto shrines and Buddhist Temples. The two are separate things, but they nestle comfortably together in Japanese culture. Some are big tourist draws and must-see destinations, but many, indeed most, shrines in Japan are small affairs located in local neighborhoods.

Atago shrine sits on a hilltop in a residential neighborhood of Sendai, in northern Japan. It is dedicated to the fire god, Gagutsuchi, and people pray there for protection from fire. The shrine has a wonderful view of the Sendai skyline across the Hirose River. This photo of one of the shrine outbuildings, with its colorful decorations, was shot on film in the summer of 1988.