December Newsletter

This is a modified blog-version of the email newsletter that goes out to my commercial and editorial clients. If you want to receive a more personalised newsletter direct to your inbox, contact me and I’ll add you to the list.

 

November has been an interesting month. First, getting over random illnesses. Second, getting the new website online. Third, I now have a print-version of my portfolio (sort of). Fourth, it’s autumn in Japan; and it’s BEAUTIFUL! Fifth, I am getting very concerned about the climate and the environment… and I hope that we can help it. There’s a short Christmas message at the end.

Let’s skip over illnesses, and look at what I did during that time. Despite feeling poorly, weakly, stuffy, snuffly, coughy, I still got out and tried to get some autumnal photos. I couldn’t travel to the destinations I wanted, but I still managed to get some interesting photos locally. This photo features a few things about my style: I look for different perspectives, colour contrasts, natural colours (no tacky Instagramy filters), and non-cliche.

Autumn leaves at Nagoya TV Tower

Autumn leaves at Nagoya TV Tower

Secondly, the new website TravelPhotos.Asia is up, still a work in progress, but it’s there. I’ve realised that I’m over-using recent photos and not showing enough variety, so I’ll dig a bit deeper into my archives when I get the chance in the future. I’m still adding more to my Instagram account, so you can see the latest there.

Autumn scenes at Gifu Park with a lady in a bridal kimono posing for another photographer's shoot.

Autumn scenes at Gifu Park with a lady in a bridal kimono posing for another photographer’s shoot.

Thirdly, I don’t have much experience in dealing with the North American and European clients beyond stock photography, but I do know that having a physical portfolio is important. I’ve spent some time working on my portfolio, there’s still some tweaks needed, but it is representative of my work and I’m surprised that I could easily pull together a great collection of images; and I’m a little proud after seeing the final selection. In this first ‘edition’, I was happy with the texture of the paper, and I think matte paper is better, as shine on gloss hides portions of the photo. However, the size seemed too small for my liking. One challenge was finding an online company that can do a quality job, and deal with international types like me, so for time being I’ll use Blurb unless I can get a better recommendation. Currently, I’m editing a larger version, and I would be very happy to send it to you to look at with pre-addressed return labels; contact me if you’d like to see my work. Any feedback would be appreciated, but importantly I hope that you can get a feel for the quality of my work.

Andrew Blyth showing his draft portfolio

Andrew Blyth showing his draft portfolio

Fourthly, winter is coming!… to Japan. How can I resist saying that?! I enjoy snowboarding, and I can work well in cold weather. I’ll be heading to Hakuba, which is an easy hop, skip, and a jump away. I’d be happy to go again for more photos if you like. Anyway, just letting know and giving you inspiration for the photography that you can request.

Fifthly, there are more and more headlines regarding the climate and the environment. I already do monthly donations to Tree Nation, who help offset my carbon emissions to help me try to be as carbon-neutral as possible. With your help, I’d like to contribute more. Either, become your own direct supporters of Tree Nation, or hire me for your projects, and I can boost my contributions to Tree Nation. The photo below is one of my top selling stock photos (back when I thought stock was cool). It was taken in 2007 in Yokkaichi Japan, which was regarded as the worst polluted places in Japan in the 1960s, which had the worst incidences of respiratory illnesses. Today, it is much cleaner and safer. After seeing too many recent stories of sea life with plastic in their stomachs, and more stories like this: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46398057 I really want to photograph more, and show more to help encourage more people to do right for the future generations. I want to show the problems, and the solutions. I hope that you have a project that I can help with, or can help sponsor me to photograph and share these stories.

An oil refinery in the port of Yokkaichi. (Note, the colours were adjusted for dramatic effect)

An oil refinery in the port of Yokkaichi. (Note, the colours were adjusted for dramatic effect)

Finally, Andrew is available for commercial and editorial photography projects anywhere in Asia. He is currently working to fill his 2019 schedule, so please get in touch soon. With his passport he is able to stay in almost any country for as long as the project requires. He has professional equipment, and is focused on getting the job done, despite difficulties and problems that might arise. He has abilities in Japanese, Korean, and a bit in Mandarin. He also knows how to pickup enough survival language for other countries, and lots of experience in working with non-native speakers of English. He can find and organise the right people to help with the job at hand. To learn more about his company see TravelPhotos.Asia, and contact him here or by replying to this email.

Andrew photographing autumn scenes at Gifu Park (self portrait)

Andrew photographing autumn scenes at Gifu Park (self portrait)

Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year. I won’t write again until may be mid January or early February, but feel free to contact me any time for me to to help you with your next project.

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