Having made flexible arrangements with my professional life 5 years ago, i have been able to dedicate more time and resources to my foremost interests : Photography, travel and nature.
With my home in Tokyo as a base, and besides some early forays to Alaska and South Argentina, my exploration area has grown concentrically : Hokkaido, the mountains and plateaux of western China, Indonesia, India, finally reaching Europe, the continent where i grew up, during the summer of 2011 ! In fact i like to repeat trips to places of interest as much i like discovering new territories, as returning a second or third time allows for a more focused and detailed exploration, and yields more productive results photography wise. Thinking along those lines i have made over 20 trips to Hokkaido, half of them in winter, 7 trips to the Qinghai province of western china and 4 trips to India. When practical and logistic considerations permit, i also favor a hardcore on-foot exploration, involving camping when required, over the well-trodden path of organized safaris. Of course the latter approach will bring you closer and quicker to the wildlife, but as a photographer you might find it hard to differentiate your work from the thousands of other photographers who came before you. In contrast, making your own path will yield unpredictable results, and sometimes no result at all, but what you’ll get is likely to be unique, and the whole experience is more valuable to me.
This blog is intended to showcase pictures taken in those remaining “wild” places, and share the experience of making them. I hope you’ll enjoy it !