I 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 more than 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 skills.

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 local galleries 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 Microsoft, Fuji Film, Shearson Publishing, Nature's Best, Via Magazine, and Northwest Travel among others.

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.

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