I lived in Australia, a country with some of the most venomous creatures on the planet, stunning but often harsh landscape and abundant wildlife like no other in the world. It made for an extraordinary place to travel and photograph. It’s not until you are camping out in the bush or desert that you can fully appreciate the sheer expanse of the place. To stand and look in any direction and see only the changing colours of the outback is truly something to behold, and the complete silence takes you by surprise. How often do any of us experience complete silence?
For me standing out in a complete wilderness hours from anywhere but cocooned in complete quiet is an incredibly isolating, unexpected experience, but one that is a lasting memory of Australia.
Fast forward 10 years and I arrive in Tokyo with a population of approximately 38 million people or to put into context, roughly one and a half times the size of Australia in one city. From the outback to this city is almost mind blowing. Photographing Australia that has natural beauty in abundance was relatively easy, even though the distances were often huge and sometimes it was hard to capture the scale and enormity of the place in one picture. Tokyo presents a whole new opportunity…….