Looking for the moment: Photographer John Lander

John Lander looks for the moment when setting up his shots. His images are memorable – scenes of Japan and Asia that have appeared in Forbes, Asian Geographic, and The Toronto Star. What are his secrets? How did he get started? What lies ahead? Read this week’s Photog Friday and learn more about professional photographer John Lander.

Name: John Lander

Country of residence: Japan

Brief Bio:
John Lander is a freelance writer and photographer based in Japan with a passion for Japanese gardens, Japanese cuisine and festivals. John’s credits include photos and articles published by Travel+Leisure, Forbes, Camping Life, Diversion, Asian Geographic, The Japan Times, The Toronto Star, Sydney Morning Post,The Australian among many others. Other clients include Twentieth Century Fox, Hachette Media, Asahi Press and McGraw-Hill.

How did you first get interested in photography?

Originally my interest was in travel writing but when I learned that editors, especially at newspapers vastly prefer text+photo packages over only text, I decided to hone my skills and invest in good lenses and cameras. Along the way I discovered I was better at the photography than the writing, and enjoyed it more, too.

What do you like to shoot?
My subject of choice is Japanese gardens though I am also interested in food photography.