Cover shoot in Niseko, Japan with Taro Tamai / Photo: Katsuhide Fujio
I was 17 when I first got a camera and became a lifelong student of light and storytelling. I had a copy of Galen Rowell's 'Mountain Light', and I studied his work, his life, and his approach to exploring the world. In those days before digital photography, I saved up for a few precious rolls of Fujichrome Velvia slide film and a few more bucks to get it developed. I was only making $3.50 an hour as a lifeguard, so I had to make every frame count.
It's been more than 20 years since then, and I never could have imagined the places and people I've been able to meet and see through my work as a photographer.
Today I've been lucky to contribute my photography to National Geographic, Patagonia, The North Face, The World Wildlife Fund, The Surfer's Journal, and many, many more. I'm inspired to collaborate with clients who have a strong environmental ethic and a commitment to protecting the beauty of our planet.
From an early age, I've always been drawn to the outdoors and wild places, and this spirit of adventure and exploration is the spark that has guided my life and career. Since 2004, I've been based abroad and inspired by the creativity and diversity of people and cultures from Indonesia to Japan and beyond. These global influences have pushed me to continuously improve my work, leading to collaborations with international clients such as Garuda Indonesia Airlines, Asian Geographic Magazine, and ANZ Bank, just to name a few.
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