A remake of an older photo using textures, and a video about how to use textures with your own photos.
I’ve been intending to write this post for over a month, but something keeps coming up just as I sit down to write it. So at this point this is a little behind, but better late than never, eh?
Perhaps one of the reasons something keeps coming up is nervousness — or more precisely a mixture of fear and excitement. This is a huge step for me.
As of this summer, my photography is my full-time gig. That is to say, all of the money to support my family is coming from my photography.
Now, as photography Godfather Rick Sammon says, “It takes a lot of peanuts to feed an elephant”, meaning that to survive independently, it’s best to have many sources of income. I take this to heart and have a number of different areas to provide for me, including stock photography, direct licensing, prints, and workshops I teach locally.
I hope writing for this site will be one of those peanuts from here forward.
I started writing JapanDave.com in late 2006. I wanted to introduce this wonderful place called Japan to people in other countries. For two years I wrote various pieces introducing things like tatami flooring, school uniforms, and matcha. In 2008 I altered the focus of this site to better align with my passion for photography and started posting a photo every day in addition to continuing to post the occasional written piece. In the past couple of years my output has slowed, but my passion to introduce Japan through both writing and photos remains.
What is Next
On the surface, nothing will change. Everything I write and post here will continue to be free for all users. I will continue to post beautiful photos of Japan as often as time allows — ideally everyday—and will continue to post occasional longer-form written pieces about various aspects of Japan.
With your support, however, I hope to devote more time to everything I do on Japandave.com, increasing both the quality of posts and frequency of them, raising them to a new level of excellence.
If you enjoy my art, if you enjoy my writing, if you want to help me create more of both, then I am asking you to please help me by becoming a member.
I am offering many perks to membership. Among them are:
- A single page to access high resolution versions of all my photos
- A members newsletter/podcast
- Better access to me (via a special email address)
- Discounts off prints, other things in my store
- Other giveaways
- Possibility of more perks in the future
I hope these things are secondary — a bonus, if you will — and that the main reason to subscribe will be simply to help support my work. Either way, I hope you will consider becoming a member.
So, everyone, if you enjoy my writing, if you enjoy my photos, I urge you to please consider supporting me by becoming a subscribing member. I am asking for $4 a month, payable in 3 month chunks . To use the popular coffee analogy, this is less than many of the drinks at Starbucks .
Thank you for being awesome
You guys rock. Seriously, one of the reasons JapanDave.com is still going strong 8 years later is your support. Because of you guys I have been motivated to always continue.
Whichever choice you make, I thank you for being a fan. And now I’m asking, will you please help me take things to the next level?
Despite not being able to meet this goal for at least two years, I keep it as my stated goal and and always aiming to meet it. ↩
This is simply to limit the fee Paypal charges per transaction ↩
Even basic black coffee is getting up there in price. Here in Japan you’ll pay nearly ¥350 for a grande black coffee ↩