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.