Why I selected this photo
This is one of the first real photos that I ever took. I shot it out of my classroom at the time and you can see Mount Fuji in the background. It is not sharp, but this year abroad had a lot of influence on me and my life. A very personal photo with lots of memories connected to it.
A one sentence description
View from a Japanese classroom with Enoshima island and Mount Fuji in the background.
How I would describe the style
When & where was this taken
I took this photo back in 1996 at the Shichirigahama Koko High School in Japan.
Who was with me when I took the photo
More or less all my classmates were with me, this was right before the class started.
What equipment did I use
This was shot with an old Nikon F301 and I think I had a Tamron 28-80mm with me.
What drew me to take this photo
The fact that I could see Mount Fuji from my classroom was amazing. It is one of the most iconic sights in Japan and maybe even in the world and of course I had seen photos of Mount Fuji before. But there I was, sitting in the classroom with Fujisan in sight. You couldn’t see him every day, but with good weather conditions – fantastic. It feels almost surreal from today’s perspective.
How many attempts did it take me
One. This was still the film days…
How did I edit this photo
This is a scan I did some years ago with almost no editing, just some brightness and contrast.
What I learned in the process of making this photo
I learned so much during my stay in Japan about the country, the world around me and myself. But one important thing I discovered was my interest in photography.