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.

Separate World

Separate World

Celebration

Celebration

Suspension

Suspension

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams

Night Explore

Night Explore

Another Reality

Another Reality

Wonder

Wonder

Our Surroundings

Our Surroundings

Tokyo In Science Fiction

Tokyo In Science Fiction

Twilight

Twilight

Ambient

Ambient

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