I Photographed Japan And What Resulted Was The Most Personal Series I Have Created

My name is Anthony Presley, and I am a photographer and filmmaker. When I went to Japan for the first time, I was in complete awe of the beauty. I’ve wanted to go to Japan ever since I was a child. Its culture, nature, and architecture – I always thought those were absolutely beautiful.

I was finally able to fulfill my childhood dream and let myself get consumed by this marvelous country. I must admit when I stepped out of the Tokyo train station I could not stop myself from tearing up because the desire that I have been holding for the past 20 years was finally within my grasp.

Prior to going to my first time, I was constantly working out ideas and exploring different styles of photography to find what would make me feel truly happy. I would take photos of people, nature, objects, animals, urban settings, etc. I used photography as a means of self-expression and used the medium in therapeutic means.

Eventually, I had the realization that what I was creating was no longer giving me the sense of fulfillment that I was striving for. Instead, I was making work that, I now understand, was in response to the feedback that I was getting. I captured and released photos that I would take on my hikes for two straight years. Photography no longer felt like something that was enjoyable to me, but rather, photography began putting me in a cage all the experimentation was now a one-trick pony.

When I arrived, something internally happened to me. My creativity burst, and it was like the barrier that was in my head and spirit were finally ripped down. What I was experiencing was a sense of completeness, and I noticed a dramatic change in my work. When I was photographing and editing my work, I stopped thinking about will this be liked. Instead, I started working on what felt right. I was finally happy with what I was doing and it was exciting to me.

I’ve decided to now put this collection together as a Photography book and can’t wait to see the final result.

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Separate World

Separate World

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Celebration

Celebration

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Suspension

Suspension

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Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

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Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams

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Night Explore

Night Explore

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Another Reality

Another Reality

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Wonder

Wonder

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Our Surroundings

Our Surroundings

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Tokyo In Science Fiction

Tokyo In Science Fiction

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Twilight

Twilight

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Ambient

Ambient

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Colors

Colors

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Written by Alan Smith

Alan Smith

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