Tell us something about you…

My name is Carlos Quiapo and I’m from the Philippines. I am currently based in Tokyo, Japan as an Engineer since 2015. I am also a musical theatre actor and a freelance photographer.

How would you describe your photography style?

My friends would always comment on how “long exposure” shots are not for me; I just don’t have the patience for it. My style is almost always based on spontaneity and the chaos of candid life. That’s why I take more creative freedom on street photography over landscape and portraits.

How’d you get into Photography?

I wanted to fall in love with Japan again, after being here for a while. Finally forced myself to buy a camera and since then, I’ve been learning on my own, mostly by trial and error.

Your favorite image? The story behind it?

My favorite image/set of images was my recent gallery on the Cherry Blossoms (Sakura). I spent a couple of days outdoor to shoot various spots. Cool experience. Photos turned out fine. I also got the worst Hay fever. I’m still taking meds as of this writing moment. Photography is risky!

Place you would love to travel to?

I’ve never been to Europe and I feel like there is a huge chunk in my life as a photographer that hasn’t really been explored yet. I’ve grown used to scenes in my home country and in Japan that my perspective is almost limited to the asian scene. I’d like to know how I’d take on a European vision.

Do you have any specific goals for your Photography?

I have just recently launched my own domain. My initial goal was just to take photos and share my craft. After getting some freelance work, I realized I could do what I love while at the same time earn enough to support my personal development through trainings and workshop; I’d like to learn more about techniques and secrets I have yet to know. Photojournalism is also something that I’ve been exploring lately.


Your Goal for 2018?

My goal for this year is to shoot more. I know this is such a cliché but I have only been to at least a third of Japan’s prefectures. I want to tell a story through my photos. I’d love to travel more within the country and explore more. Of course, the world outside Japan is as fascinating.


Carlos Quiapo 

You can see more of Carlos Quiapo’s Gallery here below or you can hit to his Instagram here.

previous interview here


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