Monday, December 31, 2012

This year I... (2012)

This year I moved to an Asian Megalopolis, only to repatriate back to my passport country to begin life as a grownup. I never expected my life abroad would only feel like a vivid fever dream. As this year draws to a close, here are a handful of moments from the passing year which document the successes and failures of the last twelve months:

January - Here we are posing-cute for a press photograph; We were the first language instruction course to be held by the Japan Foundation of Los Angeles. - The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles has since expanded their program. I would highly recommend it for Los Angeles based Japanese learners.

March - As far as my creative successes, my undergraduate thesis film toured film festival circuit in the United States, taking home the best short film at the Los Angeles Animation Festival. Photographed in the image is the director of the festival, me, Amy, Maya, and independent animator Bill Plympton.

August - My Calarts short film The Magical Theater screened in New York at the Animation Block Party 2012.

September - I dyed my hair blonde :O
October -  Participated in an art film where I was shot on 35mm color film.
November - Goofed off at the LACMA with one of my fuzzy haired Tokyo friends. December - Found one of my photographs on one of my favorite magazines Dazed and Confused.

February - My undergraduate thesis film was nominated as a semifinalist for the Adobe Student Awards.

May -  The most exotic of all my successes was the move to Tokyo in May.  In the heart of central Tokyo, worked as an animation intern for Tokyo Broadcasting Systems (TBS), one of Japan's major broadcasting companies. 
June - Living in one of the largest cities in the world, I crossed paths with unique and special people.
July -  Koenji(高円寺), one of areas within central Tokyo with a strong underground music scene. Through Ian Martin and his Fashion Crisis and Telephone club events, I was exposed to a lot of electronic pop and new wave punk music. My favorite show was hosted at the DOM Sound Studio, with performances by JebiottoN'toko, and Zana.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Dazed and Confused

The curator of the compilation photography book series If You Leave was interviewed by one of my favorite magazines Dazed and Confused this December. They included on of my photographs in an 8 image preview of the book within their article.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Los Angeles Adventure - Santa Monica Pier

Pre-Christmas adventure around Santa Monica Pier involved the eight of us roaming half sober up and down the beach only stopping at bars and liquor stores.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Photographs included in If You Leave Volume 3

Some of my photographic work was included in a collection of contemporary photography called If You Leave, published by First Editions. There are three volumes in the series, and they are sold in  independent bookstores across the globe.
Snapshots of a journey made by wanderers who study the mysterious yet uncannily peaceful feeling of desolation and loneliness. It is more concerned with the impact of a single image, rather than a body of work by an individual photographer. Capturing the beauty of solitude does not merely consist of the act of photography itself, it is the representation of a silent idiom of faces, landscapes, subjects and objects. All in their most personal and intimate états d'être. As a collection if you leave features the work of young photographers from all over the world. This third book is a selection showcasing images exhibited online in 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012