I arrived in Japan as a teenager in 1984. A year later, I bought my first camera--a Nikon SLR. In 2011, I sold my SLR and bought a Nikon DSLR. Four years later in the summer of 2014, I sold the Nikon and switched over to Pentax DSLRs starting with the K-50, then the K-S2, and most recently the KP. The Pentax KP has been the most exciting camera to shoot with and has offered me many opportunities to learn about the art of photography.

The journey of learning has been a long slog as you can readily see by the photos I have posted to my blog since 2011. Although I cringe when looking at the shots I have taken over the years, it is only the past couple of years that I have made a concerted effort to better understand how to use my gear with intention, to study beyond just the basics of photography, and take a more systematic approach to post processing.  

Starting in the summer of 2020, I started a YouTube channel. In the process of finding my style and approach to storytelling, I have come to realize I enjoy sharing the beauty and history of locations that can be reached within a one-day drive from Tokyo; locations where I can bring my border collie; and locations that are not overly crowded with busloads of tourists or can be accessed before the tourists arrive.

Although I am still in the process of finding my voice and style, it's the journey and process of finding my niche that I am thoroughly enjoying. 

Ultimately, my goal is to share an image that invokes in you the same emotion I felt at the moment I pressed the shutter button. I am drawn mostly to scenes that evoke awe, serenity, or retrospect whether it be a city nightscape, seascape, or an ancient shrine. If I have caused you to pause just for a second longer than normal to experience an emotion, I will have fulfilled my mission. 

In the future, I aim to post more videos on my YouTube channel in hopes of enticing visitors to Japan to consider locations that are off the beaten path and away from the more popular tourists traps. Japan has so much more to offer beyond the tech of Tokyo and ancient temples of Kyoto. 

As I grown in my confidence as an  artist, I hope one day of offer limited-edition prints that I can be proud of will make for lovely gifts or wall art. Please join me on this journey as we both enjoy the beauty that Japan has to offer.

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