I am a British, married to a Japanese lady and we have three children – Joe, Ami and Charlie – and now live permanently in Japan.
I started taking pictures aged seven and had my first photos published in 1991. From 1991 until 2001 I worked in the music business in the UK, as Press Director for Nimbus Records and then as General Manager for Black Box Music in London. During that time my music photography was published in magazines and newspapers across the world. I also photographed Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festivals for some years and in 2002 was chief photographer and photo editor for the official website of Glastonbury Festival. In 2002 I started my own graphic and web-design business in the UK. Since moving to Japan I do less of that and concentrate 99% of my time on photography. I work in Japan as a commercial photographer and photojournalist. I am freelance and work for a range of commercial, private and editorial clients. As well as shooting, I teach photography and my photography school in Tokyo currently has about 300 students on its mailing list. As well as frequent one-to-one lessons with students all over Tokyo, I organize weekly workshops and photowalks. Find out more about lessons here and visit my Japanorama.co.uk website for lots of shots, photography projects, galleries, useful info, photo tutorials and downloads.
My commercial work gets commissioned by clients for various uses; their corporate websites, annual reports and brochures, signage, and in their business premises for display as prints and large-scale murals. I have also recently shot a number of commercial portraits for clients and I regularly shoot publicity photographs for musicians.
Clients for my photography have included…..
I have photographed travel and documentary work in the US, UK and Europe but now concentrate on Japan, having shot throughout the country but particularly in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Hokkaido and Kyoto.
My daily photoblog attracts between 40,000 and 80,000 visitors a month and contains a good cross-section of my recent and current work.
I was interviewed a couple of years ago for the ephotos.com online photography magazine. Click here to visit that article.
There’s also a video interview with me here, by HDR specialist Trey Ratcliff - who I helped run a Tokyo workshop for in 2010.
Since 2007 I have been teaching photography in Tokyo, one-to-one and for small groups. I also organize photowalks and workshops in and around Tokyo pretty much every weekend. More details at the link below, plus lots of photography related articles, projects and materials.
My daily photoblog is here:
Thanks to everyone who voted for my photoblog in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Photoblog Awards; I made it to the runner’s-up list in the Asian category in 2008, received an honorable mention in 2009 and narrowly missed winning the overall title of Best Asian blog in 2010. If you fancy voting for it in this year’s awards, here is the link.
A note about copyright: Please do not use my pictures without emailing me or contacting me first. That’s all I ask as I usually say ‘yes’ to any non-commercial usage of my work on the internet and am very approachable. So, please ask me first as I have had some bad experiences with work being taken without the people having asked first. It’s not good manners and it pisses me off.
Photography as a job is hard. It always has been and I have been doing it professionally – either alongside my other work or like now, exclusively – since 1991. The digital arena makes it a bit trickier but I am not complaining as I do what I love for a living and that, frankly, is a luxury. But, I work hard and have three kids to support so please just try and bear that in mind.
If you want to use my work, please just ask. The internet is a convenient way of finding things, yes. Therefore it is also convenient for contacting people. Sending an email to ask me if you can use a shot takes, what, five minutes? Less, even. It’ always much appreciated.
[Portait of Alfie by Ed Fecamp]