I am a Brit who has resided in Tokyo for nearly eighteen years.
My travels across the globe have taken me to countries such as Egypt, Peru, Indonesia, Burma, Nepal, India, Bolivia, China, Laos, Canada, Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea, Cambodia, the whole of Western Europe, 26 states in the US and many other places. For me, travel is an education. I am fascinated by different cultures. I also enjoy trekking, having climbed in the Himalayas, Andes, Alps, the Rockies and Mount Fuji, as well as hiking in the Amazon and in the jungles of Asia.
In 2010, I won three Honorable Mention Awards at the International Photography Awards. I also won in 2008. This year, I won the Weekender Japan's 40th Anniversary photography contest and the Asia Foundation 2010 competition.
I currently have 73 photographs being exhibited in Berlin. The exhibition will then move to Potsdam. The money raised, will go to a library and school in Zanzibar.
On October 16th, 2009, three of my Burma images were auctioned to raise money for Refugees International Japan. They succeeded in raising 160,000 yen (approx. $1600) for the charity. I continue to do volunteer work for RIJ.
He is also the co-founder of Foreign Volunteers Japan, which was set-up to assist those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. FVJ continues to do very important work and now has over 1600 members.
From the age of ten upwards, I was a professional actor. I am still an Equity member. In 2003, I worked as a credited Dialogue Coach and Screenplay Editor on the Japanese movie 'Collage Of Our Life'.
In 2007, I wrote for EA Games, developing a universe for an exciting project.
I am very much involved in the campaign to free Burma from its oppressive military government. This has stemmed from a strong connection with Burma, after being lucky enough to travel extensively throughout it on four visits there. The Burmese people are the most gentle, beautiful and kindest I have yet met anywhere. It is time that the Burmese are released from the hardships that they have had to endure for far too long. I urge you all to become proactive in the fight.
My life is driven by a passion for mysticism. I particularly adore Buddhism, and practice Zen regularly. My travels across the globe have allowed me to witness and partake in a myriad of sacred rituals.