on this road called life,
you have to take the good with
the bad,smile with the sad,love
what you got,and remember
what you had. always forgive,but never forget,learn from your mistakes,
and never forget. People change, things go wrong. But just remeber, THE RIDE GOES ON. Bonjour!
(1 of 3) english below!
でもそんなことより、I MISS YOU, 東京！
So tomorrow one year ago I moved back to NY from Tokyo. Feels like the longest damn year of my life. I moved internationally (with my cat), bought an apartment (was and is still the most stressful thing I've ever done), travelled to the grand Canyon, Austin, London, Paris, and tomorrow LA. Moved into an art studio split with @dianaho
and have been working my little butt off until late night every day.
But anyway, I MISS YOU TOKYO. I tried to come up with a top 10 photos compilation but I couldn't do it. Like 24 months in just 10 photos? Naoshima alone deserves 50. So stick with me I narrowed it down to 30 and even that was waaaaay hard, which I'll put in 3 vaguely chronologically ordered sets.
Also, ps, I'm planning to visit in September or October I'll let ya'll know when I have a ticket！
Remember world. The world is watching you. Remove shoes when sreeping. 🧖🏻♂️🧖🏻♂️🧖🏻♂️😴🗼😴🗼😴🗼
Good Morning / Selamat Pagi / Guten Morgen / Bonjour / おはよう/ Buongiorno / صباح الخير / доброе утро / 早上好 / chào buổi sáng / қайырлы таң / Bom dia / सुप्रभात / goeie môre / 좋은 아침 / Magandang Umaga / buenos días / dzień dobry / ສະບາຍດີ / günaydın / อรุณสวัสดิ์ / صبح به خیر / காலை வணக்கம் / Goedenmorgen / hyvää huomenta / Guete Morge / God Morgon / დილა მშვიდობისა / Καλημέρα (Fotokopi @03coffee
It feels good to be lost in the right direction. 😜
“I'm allowed to have new dreams.” - Sarah Beth Durst
One of the amazing stops on the way to mount Fiji
Let it be.
Odaiba Marine Day 💦.
Hundreds of paper lantern lit up to celebrate the ocean. With a view like this 😍.
🇧🇷Centenas de lanternas de papel acesas na beira para celebrar o oceano! E com essa vista ainda por cima 😍.
If you ever get the chance to visit Matsushima, I definitely recommend taking the ferry across to Matsushima Bay, instead of taking the train right there. It takes you right past mabny of the tiny islands and rock formatuons, like this little "Wave" island. So cool to check out!
I don't really shoot in B&W as much as I would like, but there's something about these tiny ancient shrines, scattered all over Matsushima Bay that just begs to be shot that way. I feel like not just highlights every intricate detail of the architecture much better and gives the picture a suitably moody feel, especially while the morning fog lingers around the base.
Three ferry boats leaving Matsushima Bay at the end of the day, sailing past some of the tiny 260 Pine covered islands that give the area its name.
A pretty cool shot I got from Fukuura Island in Matsushima Bay, an area that is considered one of the top 3 scenic spots in Japan. This area was actually where the 2011 tsunami hit and completely destroyed the town. Insane that 7 years on the beauty of all of the landmarks have been completely restored to where you wouldn't even know anything had happened!
One of my favourite things about shooting long exposure shots, especially by water, is the almost painting like quality the images get. Such a cool effect, really emphasizing the atmosphere of a shot, smoothing everything out and giving a very silky feel.
Another shot from Akiu Falls, trying my best to get a long exposure shot without any ND filters....not my best attempt, but it was too good of a shot not to try! .
Also featuring the aforementioned slippery hill I tried to climb up, which in hindsight, seemed much bigger at the time. I promise it really was such a struggle to get up!
Accidentally finding out that the office building next to your hotel has a viewing platform on the 31st floor! Japan just keeps on delivering!
I wish I had some kind of behind the scenes video for what it took to get this picture. Strapping my backpack on, crossing through a waist high river, crawling up the slippiest slime covered hill, trying to plant myself enough to get my tripod out and set up...and then figuring out how to get back down. So worth it for these views though!
An awesome day at the beautiful Akiu Falls, just a quick train ride away from Sendai!
Yesterday was finally my first day off since getting to Japan, which means I finally had time to organize and edit from the last week! .
This shot is such a good example for why I always try and take my camera out with me wherever I go. I was just walking to dinner one night and passed a hidden little side street just seemed to go for miles, full of restaurants and stores and who knows what else. I could easily get lost for hours wandering the streets of Sendai.
It doesn't seem to matter what time it is, people in Japan never seem to stop moving. A quick shot from just outside my hotel in Sendai as the traffic shot by.
I havent been able to get out as much as I would like, between work and jet lag rendering me useless by about 7:30pm, but hopefully i can get over that in the next few days and explore a little more.
My first night in Sendai was a blur of jet lag and convenience store food, but I did manage to get out and wander around for 10 minutes before I hit a brick wall of exhaustion.
The covered shopping streets that are popular in Japan are such a unique experience of bright lights, bars and restaurants, pachinko parlors and everything in between.
Also I can't figure out instagrams weird dimension rules...plz help. .
I have no idea what time or day it is, but I just touched down in Japan!! So excited to be back in such a beautiful country and get the chance to explore! .
Japan was actually where I bought my first "real" camera, 5 years ago! Although I had no idea what I was doing, the country is just so picturesque that all you have to do is show up with a camera and 90% of the work is done for you! This is a shot of Hiroshima castle right as the sun was beginning to set. .
Can't wait to see what Japan has in store this time!