I started taking photos with a Minolta SLR back in the 1970s. I can’t remember how it all started but I bought the camera in Akihabara in Tokyo. I was then an art student in London.
After travelling in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia, I started working as a music photo-journalist, which got me involved with On-U Sound. Some of the photos I took then are on these pages.
Since 1998 I have worked in TV production as producer-coordinator. For over 20 years I have been involved in many productions of history and current affairs documentaries mainly for NHK, the Japanese public broadcaster. (A selected list of programmes is seen here.)
My jewellery making began around 2012 inspired by a trip to Asakusabashi, a wholesale district in downtown Tokyo. A copper necklace I made was short-listed for V&A’s Inspired By competition in 2019. (My online jewellery shop is now closed but any enquiries are welcome. You can see some pieces here.)
Since the first Covid lockdown in March 2020, I’ve been doing some painting using ink and watercolour. It’s a kind of revival of my early dabbling at drawing and oil painting but this time around I have a muse – my grandson Archie. I’ll see where my new hobby takes me.
MSc Politics, Birkbeck, University of London
BSc International Studies, UK Open University
Politics & Economics major, Waseda University, Tokyo