Journey in Hong Kong and Beijing

I recently visited both Hong Kong and Beijing on an assignment, and while in both cities managed to do some personal images as well. While in Hong Kong, I stayed in Kowloon, instead of Hong Kong Island. Unlike Hong Kong Island, which is much more Westernized and upscale, Kowloon has a certain grit and roughness […]

YouTube Video Creator Portraits

I was asked by YouTube to photograph young video creators for their profile pictures and promotional materials. It was an intense shoot, lasting two days, with over two dozen┬ápeople being photographed in total. The location was the YouTube offices in Tokyo, where they have a giant production facility. As a photographer, this was a dream […]

Is Leica the Right Camera for You?

Leica is to photographers what the Stradivarius is to violinists: not only the ‘best’ tool from a technical perspective, but also the one with the most ‘spirit’ – the one that represents photography and what it means to be a photographer, just as a Stradivarius represents the essence of being a violinist. Using a Leica, […]

Tutu Giang Fashion Shoot

Tutu is a talented new fashion designer from Switzerland, of both Chinese and Vietnamese descent. For this shoot, she wanted to showcase her new designs in Tokyo. It was essential to emphasize the environment and contrast the grey tones of Tokyo with the vivid colors of her dresses. The model needed to be a classic […]

Charlotte Kate Fox for Backstage magazine

There’s a phenomenon in Japan known as the ‘asadora,’ which is a 15-minute TV drama shown in the morning before people go to work. The word ‘asadora’ comes from the Japanese words ‘asa’ (morning) and ‘dora’ (drama). One of the rising stars of this television genre is Charlotte Kate Fox, who plays the lead in […]

Behind the Camera, and In Front of It

Photographers are generally more comfortable behind the camera than in front, but sometimes it’s necessary to be on the other side of the lens. In this case, I was being featured in Eurobiz magazine, and needed a striking portrait that would show me as a working photographer in Tokyo. Who better to turn to than […]

Independence Day in Tokyo

For the 4th of July, the Tokyo American Club decided to feature some of its organizers, using the American flag as a backdrop. For these portraits, an enormous flag was suspended first in a giant dining room of the American Club, and then in a badminton court! I found that, by back-lighting the flag, I […]

Bry Ony, breast cancer survivor, for Pink Magazine

Bry Ony, a New Zealander living in Tokyo, is more full of life and zest than anybody I’ve met. She seems to appreciate and savor every moment, and when around her, one soon becomes joyful oneself. I photographed her for the cover of Pink magazine, which is devoted to informing women about breast cancer and […]

Interview with Dave Powell, Tokyo Street Photographer

How did you get into photography? I was looking for a hobby that would allow me to balance work and life. I have a very dynamic and busy schedule, which makes it difficult to have hobbies with starting times like Tuesday at 7PM, so I needed something that would be extremely flexible. Photography turned out […]

Einstein E640 Flash from Paul C. Buff: A Review

Note: This is more a set of impressions than a scientific review. You won’t find any specs or technical comparisons, but instead general observations and feelings about this product. Having owned three Alien Bees for nearly a decade, I finally decided to upgrade to a new flash system. The Alien Bees have served me well […]