I’ve been taking photos since I was a youngster, and became much more involved in the last 4 years with the advent of useful cameras in phones. I use a Nikon D90, iPhone 4S, and rarely a Canon compact camera and Pentax film SLR. My subject matter is quite diverse. I like landscapes for the most part, but try out different styles and different edits to learn more about the whole process. My inspiration comes from any art and design I see, especially the people I follow on Tumblr and Instagram. I’d like to photograph more people, and have a bunch of ideas for people in landscapes - just need a willing person to stand there in a bunch of different places!
Today is officially my 10th anniversary in Japan. My first holiday was in 2005, but I moved here to work a year later, arriving at Narita Airport on 3 December 2006. This ↑ is the the first photo I ever took in Japan, on a Canon IXY compact camera bought in Akihabara. I can’t for the life of me remember why I selected the Imperial Palace as my first subject, and a fairly obscure corner of it to boot. (This is not the castle itself! It’s just a gate called Kikyōmon 桔梗門.)
Japan, thank you. You’ve taught me so much, and you’ve smoothed a few of my rough edges. Not all. Just a few. :) You’ve given me a safe and convenient physical environment while throwing philosophical curveballs. You’ve forgiven me for my ignorance, complaints and stubborn refusal to adapt to everything and compromise everywhere. You’ve introduced me to wonderful people, homegrown and imported. I hope I’ve given you something back, even if it’s just taxes and a few TOEFL students who got into Harvard and Cambridge with me butt-kicking them along. Who knows what awaits us, but … kanpai!