Greeting from Japanese Alps

I am back to WordPress after a long break…! I took off last Dec for a few month to Asia. My first stop was Japan. First, I started off to Shirakawa- go, a mountain village in Gifu prefecture. It stands … Continue reading

Portrait of Marianna Barksdale

Last week Marianna came into a studio in Brooklyn to be photographed. I started to  work on “character portrait”.  Try to capture personality using simple set up.

Marianna is a young talented fashion designer lives in New York. Her creativity is beyond.  I found her very interesting. Sometimes she can be unpredictably mischievous. She showed up with her rabbit hair wigs.  I don’t have to say this but she loves rabbit and her birthday was Easter.

 

 

 

 

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I have a thing for older ladies

In the last few years, I’ve found myself meeting and photographing women in their 70s, 80s and 90s. Listening to stories about their lives layered with complex histories of happiness, joy, and at times tragedy – past and present – reminds me of how we all have our stories to tell. Mine are through photographs and while their stories were shared with me in private, these beautiful women were generous enough to let me express my time with them through these portraits.

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welcome Spring the Hanami way

Literally meaning “flower viewing”, Hanami -花見 is one of the most important celebrations in the spring for Japanese culture. Set under a flowering tree (usually the cherry blossom) the custom of having a picnic to admire the blossoms, which dates back to early 700 AD, is one that everyone takes very seriously. A company I used to work for would even send the newer hires to claim a perfect spot under a tree early in the morning for the company Hanami party. They had to guard that spot for the rest of the day so as not to be stolen by other people – a very “important job”. Like any picnic, there was food, games, dancing and plenty of drinking. If you’re lucky to take part in a Hanami, don’t be surprised if you a spot a Japanese businessman or two stripping off their suits and ties under the tree and dancing in naked. It’s always quite a scene. Welcome to Japan!

 

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Plenty of drinking under the blooming trees.

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Standard picnic fare for Hanami.

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Dancing always follows soon after.

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let’s move to Tulum, Mexico

I might be bias, but I think this winter season has been especially brutal in New York City and pretty much all across the US continent. From the constant snow blizzards and temperatures going well below 32º F (0º C), I am ready for the warmth.

It’s a perfect time to revisit some really warm, summery looking photos from Tulum, Mexico. From the beautiful scenery to great food, there is enough surf, sand and sun just to keep my mind off of this weather and perhaps contemplate moving there!

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hello friends!

I’m really excited to start of the new year with a blog site. You might wonder why this blog is any different from my office website masamiadachi.com,  well this blog gives me a little more freedom to post up some of the “other” images you might not see. From behind-the-scene shoots to a sneak peek into projects I’m working on, consider this blog as another way to check out what I’m up to and to keep in touch with me.

I’m slowly getting this site together but for now, so I’ll leave you with a breath of air and lots of space. Here are some favorite images from my past travels!

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