first became interested in photography more than
30 years ago. I was a photographer for our
college yearbook and spent many long hours in
the darkroom developing black and white prints.
After graduating, however, I decided to be
practical and pursue a career in financial
services. While I did not completely give up my
photography, I was only able to photograph
sporadically for many years.
Over the years I found myself devoting more
and more time to my photography.
Finally, after working in financial services for
20 years I decided to follow my passion and work
full-time on my photography business in 2002.
Since then I have never regretted this decision.
While my days are less structured, every day
brings a new challenge both in building a small
business as well as honing my photographic
I first visited Japan when I was in junior
high school and became intrigued with its
culture. In college
I took some courses about Japan and ended up majoring in East Asian Studies.
Things snowballed and I ended up living in Japan on
and off for a total of more than 15 years. While
there I developed a love for Japanese esthetics.
I became a firm believer that "less is
more". Now even when I am shooting nature, my
experience in Japan shapes my images.
Every year I try to spend at least 1/3 of my
time on photography trips. Since we
moved to Washington state
6 years ago, I
have been focusing my trips on the North
American West and Japan.
Since returning to the US, I have been
marketing my images to
publications and as fine art photographic
prints. I sell my
prints at art fairs and through 4
which represent my work. I
also work with 3 photo stock agencies in the
US, Japan and the UK. My images have
been published by
Film, Shearson Publishing, Nature's Best,
Via Magazine, and Northwest Travel among
After living in Tokyo on and off for over 15 years, I moved
to Washington state in 2002 with my wife, Yoko, and our 2
cats, Yancha and Miki.