May 20, 2009

Portraits...Homage to Avedon

The Quintessential Student was a project started in 2009 for my large format class. Click on the picture to launch the flickr set.

A homage to Richard Avedon's "In the American West"

A final semester project for my ART307 Class at UH Manoa.  Test shot with Digital SLR. Final negs made with 4x5 View Camera.

Final products have the Kodak TMAX400 Border around the edges.

Thank you to Anelise, Kelli, Vanessa, Kris, Carlie and my good friend Austin.


May 2, 2009

Blogs, blogs, blogs

Blogging MORE is something that I'm going to try doing in the near future. As many of you have noticed...this blog's URL has changed from to

In addition to that I'm starting a new blog for my internship at the honolulu advertiser this summer. Check it out...


-- Kent via iPhone

March 26, 2009

Just some of late...

I've been studying about alot of photographers lately...perhaps one of the more influential photographers I've studied is james Nachtwey.

One thing that he said, has stuck with me...
"I have been a witness, and these pictures are
my testimony. The events I have recorded should
not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

As photojournal- no wait...visual journalists...we all bear witness to the events and happenings of the world, and life around us. it's actually kind of amazing to see the images, both incredible and scary, that great photographers like Nachtwey and Salgado and even young 'whipper-snappers' like myself make. Due to our individual consciousnesses, we are all gifted with our own unique perspective. Each and every person sees something differently, yet we all see the same thing. Five different photographers can shoot the same scene with the same lighting, but the way they shoot it, and the emotion and part of themself that they pour into the image makes it inherently their own.

of course i'm preaching to the choir.

but its something i feel none the less.

back to the original reason for this post.

In a recent discussion that i had with a colleague and friend, I began to analyze why people make pictures...what drives them. People say they're tired of images that people perceive as beautiful, and that they want to create images that stir up emotions. I humbly believe that all images...if done correctly...stir emotions.

I come from the school of thought that any 'effects' that are done to an image are done 'in-camera' Photoshop is not something that should be used to alter or 'bastardize' and image by manipulating the intended reality to create a new one. Of course, there are those who argue this point and say that it is art. It may just be. But that's their cup of tea, and not mines.

Photographers like Nachtwey, Salgaldo, Smith, Lange, Laforet, McNally, Lum, Miho, Aquino, Burley, Walker, Lee, Tomita, and more have had such a profound impact upon the way i think critically, or approach an image or an assignment. It's just not enough to document it.

The viewer of the image needs to live the moment.

March 23, 2009

Day one...pau!

After spending most of the day in the air, I've finally gotten around to sorting and re-sizing my photos.

@ HNL airpiort

My sister, Gwynnelle, is framed by windows as we looks out at planes at Honolulu International Airport (Photo: Kent Nishimura)

Liam is silhouetted by backlight coming from the windows as we wait for the plane to depart (Photo: Kent Nishimura)

in the air

The one thing i didn't enjoy about the flight was the intermittant turbulance. Things were a little...shaky...Quite frightening. (Photo: Kent Nishimura)

Clouds...far as the eye can see. Awesome. (Photo by: Liam Nishimura)

Once again...Liam is silhouetted by window light. This time however. We had just landed in In-Cheon, Korea. 4:30p KST. (Photo by: Kent Nishimura)

@ In-Cheon Internation airpiort - Korea

Disembarking passengers are silhouetted by in coming window light in a fleeting moment as they head towards the baggage claim and transfer stations. This was the first image i made in Korea. Yay! I've got the silhouette fetish going, as you can see. Time for a two hour layover then its a two hour flight to Beijing. (Photo by: Kent Nishimura)

A man is silhouetted as he walks by "Gate 9" on March 22, 2009 at In-Cheon International Airport. The waiting areas had these huge windows. Really nice light! (Photo: Kent Nishimura)

i sat at "Gate 9" trying desparately to connect to the internet. Here, i sorted photos and waited form Liam, Gywnnelle and my mom to return with food and drinks. (Photo by: Kent Nishimura)

Images from Beijing and landing are fortcoming. It's 5:44am HST and 11:44p.m. in Beijing. Time for me to crash. I'm off to Tieannemann square tomorrow and then its off to the Great Wall on Tuesday. Stay tuned.


March 21, 2009

last minute post...running out the door

I had dinner last night at my grandmothers place. It was a real gourmet feast. hehe. Bentos from Marukai…since we didn’t wnat leftovers and I didn’t want to have to do dishes…

Dinner at Popo's house. T-minus 15 hours til Beijing. (Photo: Kent Nishimura)
For those that don’t know…I did a picture story on my grandmother. Here’s a new image from last nite, that i made that, and i like…

Lily sits on the couch as her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren get dinner ready, Friday March 20, 2009. In the picture frame you can see myself and my two younger siblings. (Photo: Kent Nishimura)
One final image to end the night…

Gwynnelle, my younger sister, is blurred by a slow shutter speed as she enters the front door of our house. We leave for Beijing, China tomorrow morning, (Photo: Kent Nishimura)

Down to the wire...

Like usual i find myself packing for a trip at the last minute.

its typical of me to forget to pack something, so heres to hoping that i don't forget anything this trip.

this blog, of course, will contain photographs from my travels around beijing during the next week or so. stay tuned...i need to find my card reader for some of the pre-trip packing hullabalo that's been going on, but stay tuned...i'll have stuff up.

i have to run off to make a portrait and setup the new staff photographer so she can shoot volleyball.

all the best.


March 9, 2009

Changing it up

Decided to change it up a little bit.

I'm starting to enter that phase again where i begin to search for my self.

Things have been going pretty well. School is alright. Geena and I are doing great.

It's just that I'm feeling some kind of hole in my life right now. not sure what it is just yet though...

January 15, 2009

a 2008 retrospective

January - My first semester at Manoa. After semesters of dilly-dallying around at KCC and LCC, i finally took the plunge towards my final academic goal. Graduation. I was set on going to graduating and going to medical school. Little did i know that after i joined a certain organization my life would take a totally different path. I was hired as a staff photographer at Ka Leo O Hawaii.

My first published image in Ka Leo.

February - wasnt too exciting for me. another lonely valentine's day came and gone. i wasn't shooting that many assignments for Ka Leo. I found photography to be fun...just things had stagnated. Time would continue to march on.

Fishing with the YMCA Teens. Andre caught something with his hockey stick.

March - Whistler, BC, Canada. Perhaps one of the funnest trips i had been on in a long last out of country trip since Japan in 2002. Mahalo to Troy, Geena, Andre, Allison, Tammy, Corey, Andrew and the others for making it a memorable one.

Fresh powder every single day. woo-hoo!

April - Finally started shooting sports for Ka Leo. Baseball, probably one of the harder sports to shoot is my first sports assignment. bleh. haha! Befriended Richard Walker and Jamm Aquino, star-bulletin photographers. Great guys. good friends.

May - First semester at UHM wrapped up. I did well. Passed ART206 decently. Really made me want to take 207. Applied to be the photography editor at Ka Leo. Got the job. decided photojournalism is something i wanted to pursue.

Lantern Floating 2008.

June - Bryan was fired. I was almost fired too. Decided i had enough with the hypocrisy of the YMCA. It would be only a matter of time before i left the Metropolitan Office.

July - Geena and I started dating. who could've predicted this. Started JOUR307, taught by Fred Larson. Wicked awesome photographer. Really lit a fire under my ass.

Geena and Me, 6 months later. New Year's Eve 2008.

August - continued working on a picture story about my grandmother, Lily Yuen, entitled "Bound by Love' Still a work in progress. Traveled to Portland.

September - 23rd Birthday. Also befriended a guy who i call a photo mentor. Cory Lum. A real inspiration, a good friend, and all-around great guy.

October - ART207 stressing me out. Ka Leo work picking up speed. became close friends with Kelli Miura and Abigail Trenhaile.

November - Elections. Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. Very Cool.

December - what a way to end the year. Member of the White House Traveling Press Pool for PEBO's stay in Hawaii. Geena and I made 6 months.