Recently, I was introduced to photographer Aron Luangphinith by my friend Rechung. I soon became mesmerized by his
style of capturing his new home. This was our conversation together.
Who are you, friend?
My name is Aron Luangphinith and I was born and raised in Hawaii, USA. I graduated from the University of Hawaii
with a B.A. in Art Studio and a focus in drawing and sculpture, while dabbling with photography on the side.
How did you start photography?
My passion for photography really took off when I made the move to Japan which has been one of my goals
since I can remember. Now working in Tokyo and living in Saitama, my life in Japan has opened so many doors
and pushed me to become an aspiring photographer.
Is solely using your camera phone a conscious decision?
Just using an iPhone and other creative photo outlets, such as Instagram and VSCO cam, I realized that in this day
and age, one can really grow into an artist and further polish their craft. I'm thankful how accessible and fun this
new generation of art can be. It really inspired me to grow and put myself out there in terms of expressing and
sharing my work. I've met so many other great artists and creative like-minded people along the way that have
taught me so much and helped me believe in my photography.
Totally agreed. It's so crazy how many awesome people you meet over the internet and instagram.
I've experience that from my last visit to NYC last week.
What was moving to a different country like, especially Japan?
Moving to Tokyo has definitely changed my whole perspective on life. Whether that be culture, food, nightlife, people,
and definitely fashion. Especially coming from Hawaii, I have literally been put into a whole new realm of senses.
Surprisingly, I have learn about a whole new side to Japan that I never knew about until experiencing it for myself.
Such as: it's actually very affordable to live here; the fashion in Tokyo is hand-served to them, so actually you see
a lot of the same thing everywhere; the quality of everything is impeccable; and the rice is beyond amazing.
Lastly, how has living in Japan influenced your art?
Most of the things I take pictures of are everyday little details of this ever-changing city. Like the maze of streets that
have a mind and personality of their own, the seasonal plants and flowers that really have a nice balance with the busy
city life, the crazy amounts of people going to and from, and every picturesque meal. Living here for more than a year
and a half, I still feel incredibly new to the country and I am so excited to see what else it has in store for me.
Please visit Aron's work: