I’m a Tokyo Photographic Artist

I make photographs by day & to relax, I make music in the evenings. Every week I write about the things I’ve learned in my studio and I make videos to try & document the whole process of doing this in Tokyo, & wherever my travels take me.

My passions live at the intersection of art and technology. More than just taking photos, I’m interested in the way we use recording technology, to edit and make sense of our reality.

Of course, we all do that now, everyday on all sorts of devices. Smartphones have turned us all into photographers and many into performers, with their own audiences. Yet, above the noise there’s a still place for special experiences, when we confront work and ideas that challenge our understanding of life.

Art, creativity, and inspiration still matter.

I live in a city of 35 Million people and it can be pretty overwhelming at times. And, trying to bring our creative ideas to life is never easy.

That’s why I continue to write a blog with all the honesty I can muster, sharing the struggles as well as the successes. I hope you can find something in the articles here that will inspire you in your creative journey.

About Fernando Gros

In his Tokyo studio Fernando combines his life-long passions for art and technology. On the road, he is always looking to take the next wrong turn, just to see what kind of images and stories might unfold. A photographer & writer, with a background in music, Fernando has lived in Chile, Australia, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Read More.

No Missing Tools

Creativity is often talked about – we want to feel more creative, to see creativity expressed in our lives, in the things around us, in our work  and education experiences. But, so many of our ideas about creativity are tied to a different era, when information, knowledge and insight were…

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This Week I Quit Pinterest

Many of the things I’ve quit recently have been big, gnarly, emotionally draining experiences. (like Late Night Satire, Being a Film Critic, Discussing Identity Online). So I’ll admit when it came to pick something for this week, I was looking for some low hanging fruit, something a little easier to…

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Art And Nature In Inawashiro

Last week I enjoyed a short, relaxing stay in Inawashiro, a beautiful and dramatic area in the mountains north of Tokyo. The week leading up to the trip had been odd. We were woken one morning by a long M7.2 earthquake under the waters off Fukushima, in the area devastated…

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How I’ve Changed My Mind About The Internet

I’ve been active online for more than 20 years. From the early days of email lists, relay chat, and basic web sites, through forums then onto blogs, followed by social media and online video, I’ve always been an advocate for having a active, authentic and public, online presence. I believed…

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“It’s tempting to think that by removing your limitations, especially gear limitations, you will free your creativity. Usually, it works the other way round. Your limitations are what push you to be creative, to work harder and then come up with something amazing. Some limitations need to be fixed, but most just need to be embraced.”

– Fernando Gros


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