Hi and welcome to my website! I'm Damon Bay, a Kiwi photographer, artist and teacher based in Japan.
Growing up in New Zealand's South Island I always had an interest in nature and the outdoors. I first came to Japan in 1991, and have lived most of my adult life here. My first 10 Japan years were spent in the culturally rich Kansai region, and nowadays I live in the rice paddy-rich Chiba, just an hour from Tokyo, one of the most populated places on the planet. To escape the stress and concrete, I spend my free time exploring my local countryside and talking to the locals. Japanese nature is incredible, and it is often overlooked.
I have enjoyed drawing and painting since I was a teenager, but photography has recently become my main means of artistic expression. It started out just as a quick easy way of documenting the places and creatures I saw, to enjoy again later. But gradually I discovered that through my camera lense, I can see magical things that most others don’t notice.
As you have probably already figured, my photography is mainly about capturing the subtleness and beauty of Nature, the grandeur and drama of the Outdoors, and the magical fairy tale world that is Japan. My main photographic objective these days is to share the world that I see with other people who are often too busy to see it for themselves. Japanese nature is incredible, and it is often overlooked. I hope that my photos can inspire other people to slow down and truly appreciate nature for themselves.
I’m a sucker for bonsai, calligraphy, Japanese aesthetics and woodblock art, and all these things have had a subtle influence on the composition of my images. I like to dabble in other fields of photography too sometimes, like abstracts, light painting, trick photography and nightscapes.
I retain the copyright on all my photographs. Please don't use them without permission. If you wish to purchase or use any images, contact me directly via email, or through my Facebook page, I answer all emails. All the photographs here are owned by me, but you may see some of my images on other websites. I sell photos to Getty Images International, and have also been featured in a few magazines, newspapers, a board game, an iphone app, and some conservation websites.
I update this website regularly with photos so be sure to pop in sometimes and see what's new. Check out my facebook page for updates.
Thanks and Enjoy!
“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy” - Isaac Newton