My full name is Yoshinori Tanaka. The part Yoshi means to be a good citizen, and nori is the part that my parents wished me to grow up as a smart child. I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan for 15 years.
I never learned how to surf and I believe I never know what “surfing” was back in the days. I left Tokyo to where I live now, which is Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, funny thing is, when I came to Hawaiʻi, I did not know how to speak any English.
Somehow I learned how to communicate with others through baseball. I have been studying for my whole entire life. I am in the graduate school with University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and learning education to be a Japanese teacher in Hawaiʻi.
Being a photographer in Hawaiʻi inspires me to capture the blessing moments that are this ʻāina created for us. My job is to tell the story through my photos. It is so easy for photographers to take beautiful photos. However, what I started focusing was, “I need to make the audience think how did he capture this images, why was he there when he shot the image, etc.
In addition to that, since majority of my photos are nature photos, I have mission statement in me that always inspiring me. It is, “My photos tell the story and how beautiful land can be. Whether or not people are malihini (new comers), or kamaʻaina (locals) we have to do something small to deserve this beauty”.
This question is fairly easy! I would love to go to Tahiti to just stay there and film, and take photos of surfers, waves, beautiful islands, and lifestyle portraits. I have been having this clear vision what I would like to do in Tahiti from long time ago since I started capturing my moments with GoPro back in the days.
I think this image will be my favorite image that I ever captured. I remembered this day clearly. As I pulled up with my friend to the famous beach, where known as broken neck beach in Oʻahu called Sandy Beach. I parked my car, and just jumped in the water. Uncrowded and crystal clear glassy barrel rolling into the shore. Then this wave rolled into me first thing as soon as I jumped in. I felt amazed looking with in this barrel.