David Munson - Photographer in Tokyo

David Munson

I'm a photographer in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

Photographer and essayist based in Saitama City. My philosophy in life is that everything is interesting, and when we find the world lacking, that's on us. I believe we should slow down, pay attention, and if we see the majority of people going one way, we must consider going the other way.

Permanently based in Japan. Little by little, I am trying to transition back to full time creative work.

My Creations

  1. From a recent weekend trip to Mt Mitake and part of a personal project exploring the premise that conventional wisdom regarding the way we travel often does not serve us especially well. Among these is the idea that there is such a thing as good weather or bad weather. On... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  2. About two weeks ago, I moved from my old place in Nerima to my new place in Urawa. I lived in my old shoebox of a studio apartment for about 2.5 years before moving here to start a new life with my fiancée, and while I don't miss the old... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  3. While in Yamanashi

    22 June 2018

    A few weeks back I was in Yamanashi for a cyclocross event called Bikelore. I shot the races, but what really got me was the scenery. I love Tokyo, but places like this are calling my name. Probably my favorite shot from the weekend.

  4. I’ve long been interested in how the camera allows one to accumulate information into a single frame, and to do so in ways that reveals things we cannot otherwise see. In this photograph, an entire train becomes a transparent abstraction of itself through a long exposure. Moving trains are often... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  5. Last year I spent a weekend on Mt Mitake and had a very special experience made possible by what one might normally think of as bad weather. After a creative dry spell, I have finally come back to finish that body of work, and have written an essay about the... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  6. My New Portraiture Site

    9 September 2020

    After a long time, I finally finished my new portraiture website. I've been making photographs for a long time, and building sites for quite a while, too, but tend to shy away from actually marketing myself. Because of this, I had a lot of internal resistance in making this site.

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  7. 2021 Blogging Project: Somewhere in Japan

    Starting January 1 of this year, I began posting a new short essay with an accompanying photograph every Tuesday and Friday. The posts are short and have some thematic...

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