Travel photographer The Visualiza has recently just returned from travelling the length of Japan capturing breathtaking moments on his way. He freeze-framed the bustling streets of Shibuya and the truly marvellous spectacle of the sunrise from the top of Mount Fuji. We spoke to him about his trip and the photos that he took.
First of all, let's talk equipment, what did you take with you?
When I went to Japan I took with me my Canon EOS 6D and a 24-70mm lens, I also took my Manfrotto Carbon Fibre Tripod, travelling light!
It looks like you had an incredible trip with some stunning photographs to show for that, is Japan somewhere you've always dreamed to visit for photography?
Japan has been a dream ever since I was a child, its always been one of those futuristic cities with the most latest in technology that used to make me want to visit. Ever since working for Apple, I've made a lot of things I wanted to do come true. From a photography point of view, its an absolutely amazing country, with so many things to photograph. From people to the architecture, its amazing.
Where was your favourite place to shoot?
My favourite place to shoot was probably Shinjuku or Shibuya in Tokyo. Simply because there were just so many people everywhere, different things going on all around me, and many stories worth capturing. Apart from that I absolutley loved walking around Arashiyama in Kyoto.
You've managed to get some of the most busiest of locations completely empty of people, what advice would you give to other travel photographers to achieve those shots.
The best thing to do is to wake up very early to get to the hotspots at the right time. For example when I went to the Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto, I was up at 5am to get the first train at 5.30am. Very hard to wake up, but it was so worth it!
From a non-photography point of view, describe what must have been an incredible experience to reach the top of Mount Fuji.
Mount Fuji was one of the best experiences if not THE best experience I've ever had. It was so hard climbing it as the air got thinner the higher we got. It was so rewarding watching the sun-rise at the top of Japan.
Is there anywhere in Japan that you missed and would like to go back to?
I would love to visit Okinawa and Hokkaido in Japan next, total opposite directions, but I will make it happen!
Next I'm off to Berlin, Bali, South Korea and Peru....total different places but who cares, travel is travel!