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It all comes down to one core belief:
Everything is Interesting.

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It all comes down to one core belief:
Everything is Interesting.

Everything is interesting. I believe this thoroughly, and it is upon this notion that my approach to creative activity is based. Whether creating a photograph or writing an essay or even cooking dinner, I try to come from the position that everything in life is interesting, even if it doesn't seem like it at first. It isn't always easy, but it's always worthwhile. Boredom or lack of interest is usually a signal that we're not keeping up our end of the bargain. The world exists, and that is enough. It is up to us to exercise our faculties and initiative to develop a deeper experience of that world. 

In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all but very interesting.
— John Cage, Story № 75 from "Indeterminacy: New Aspect of Form in Instrumental and Electronic Music. Ninety Stories by John Cage, with Music"

Of course, some things are difficult to make especially interesting. Some assignments can be particularly difficult to nudge into compelling territory. It can be done, however, and I welcome the challenge. The creative problem-solving is one of my favorite parts of the practice of photography. This is true whether it's a matter of coming up with an effective visual solution  to illustrate or communicate something specific, or simply discovering the perfect angle to reveal something beautiful in the mundane. 

 
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The key is to look closely, be patient, and give the subject the opportunity to speak for itself. 

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Work with me.

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Work with me.

I'm here make and do compelling things.  

You can take that in two ways, both of them true. First, I'm not content to just do the same old things in the same old ways. Not in my life and not in my work.  Instead, I'm going to aim for more and better every time, maybe even especially if it's hard. The challenge of doing a better job doesn't bother me, but mediocrity does. 

Second, I came to Japan to build a better life and a more stimulating career. I could do what I do back in the USA where I grew up, and in many ways that would be a more reasonable thing to do, especially if you listen to the well-intentioned naysayers who poke holes in dreams under the guise of being realistic. It certainly would be simpler and involve fewer headaches. However, how often do we look back on some period in life and feel glad we did the more "reasonable" thing, rather than aiming for what we really wanted? Reasonable is too often code for lowering our standards and settling for less. 

Convention may work well enough for many, but it is not the thing for me. 

 
 
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Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
— Howard Thurman
 

So long as I live, I'm going to do my best to actively live and create, and that's more fun with other people involved. So let's work together and make something good.

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Get in touch.

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Get in touch.

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