I went to Japan to photograph my old friend’s wedding in Tokyo. It’s a great honor and fun to be asked for shooting and photograph friends, especially friends you’ve known for a long time. This time I photographed my friend back in high school, which means that I was able to see my classmates again!! I was kinda surprised that I could instantly find out who they are although it’s been almost ten years to see them. They haven’t changed at all in a good way. Even though I didn’t have enough time to sit and have a chat with them, I had a great day!! I really hope that I’ll be able to go back to Japan again for assignments. Here are some pix I chose randomly.
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Here’re pictures of Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman!
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I went to New Hampshire to cover President campaign rally last weekend and spent four days there. It was my first time to cover it since I came to the United States so I was kinda excited to see what it looks like. Those four days were fun and little crazy, which I mostly enjoyed. I could see lots of great photographers who work for Time, News Week, New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, AP, Getty, etc… from not only the United States but also some other countries. Unfortunately, I couldn’t have a chance to get my pictures published this time, but it was a really really good opportunity to see how those great people work on their assignment in person. I was surprised when I saw how fast news photographers had to take pictures, edit them, then transmit them to editors. It was just “Wow!!” I was following around Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman. Now here’re are some of my work from those fun four days. The first post is about Romney and following post is about Santorum and Huntsman. Hope you enjoy my pix:)
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Oct 22nd was the National Day of Protests to stop police brutality. There was a rally near Boston Police Department HQ near Ruggles Station at noon and some members from Occupy Boston joined them.
Then Noam Chomsky, an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist and activist stopped by the camp site of Occupy Boston to make a speech.
I photographed Occupy Boston movement last night, which is inspired by the one on the wall street. Almost one hundred people were arrested because they occupied a park after midnight. That’s what police commissioner said. Police officers were beating up and dragging people. Then they destroyed and removed all the materials protesters used to have inside the Dewey park. The crash between police and protesters were intense. I was also tackled by them so hard that I’ve lost my hat….I saw some people have been choking or dragging on the ground. They were violent last night. But protesters have still kept their site near South station.
I went to New York in order to visit some galleries, which I could get inspired. And I also had some really really good Japanese food there…love New York.
I photographed two events yesterday. One was the march to Bank of America in the heart of Boston, where Foreclosed Families protest to them. Another one was Occupy Boston which got inspired by the one on the wall street. According to Boston Herald, 24 people were arrested in front of Bank of America. I was there with the members of Dialogue, which is a collective group of young photo journalists and documentary photographers. I felt people’s excitement, enthusiasm and voice yesterday…I hope this movements will get bigger and bigger.
Occupy Boston had 1st general assembly last night at Boston common. Are they going to be like the one on the wall street? We’ll see.
I went to New York to photograph something about 9.11. It’s been 10 years since it happened. I still remember that I was watching TV news in Japan, studying for exam for school when it happend. At first, I had no idea what’s going on, but when the second airplane was slamed into the WTC, I realized that it’s the reality, not a scene of Hollywood movies. Everything was like as if I was watching a movie or in a dream. I wish it was.
I have been to Afghanistan three times to see what’s going on there. Experiences over there made me start photography and I’m in the United States now as a photographer. I still want to go back to Afghanistan. Looks my life might have been changed by 9.11 although I didn’t notice that till now. If 9.11 had not happened, I wouldn’t have been to Afghanistan. Then I must not have started photography.
I have a friend whose dad was working for a Japanese company which was in the WTC. And he couldn’t be able to survive. I still remember my friend was talking about that when I was in a high school. I was in Japan at that time and I never thought I ended up living in the United States as a photographer. Nobody can know what’s gonna affect your life and happen in the future. Needless to say, so many people have been affected and forced to changed their life by 9.11. The world has drastically changed since 9.11. Unfortunately, looks the world has not gone right way so far. The situation is so chaotic all over the world.
What have we learned from 9.11? We just have become more conservative? We just haven’t been able to believe others? What have we been doing since then? Just hating and fighting each other? I just don’t know.
But I can say one thing. We have to make the world better place to take advantage of what happened ten years ago, not make the world worse place. I’m always skeptical about the words “Never forget 9.11.” Does this sounds like as if we’ve never forget what you did to us and we’ll revenge to you? I only feel negative meaning from this words. People may have animosity by using this word over and over unconsciously. I understand how people feel and think about being attacked. But it’s over. If we really don’t think about what we should learn from here and do something to make things better, we’ll end up doing same thing someday again. We have to move forward somehow, thinking about others, not only us.
I went to the Boston Bruins parade which cerebrate their victory of Stanley Cup. I had something to do that morning, so by the time I arrived at Copley Square, there’re so many people and they’ve already got crazy exited. Although there was a platform for press, I messed up to get in there! So I reluctantly shot from inside crowd…I ‘ll bring step ladders next time. Because it was so hot that I got sick but it was fun.