TAPAS Magzine

My food photographs has featured in Tapas Magazine, Spainmedia.

Here is the article (translated by Google Translate.)

The bananas explode, the eggs break and shine glistening in the foreground, the potato burns melting butter and the tomatoes drip a paint as red as their flesh. The photographic works of Tatsuro Nishimura impact but do not cause the bug to bite, but the view in a very personal way. "In my personal work, I always wonder how I can make an interesting picture of this?" I like to take my time and participate in the creative process, play with lighting, composition, texture and style. all the elements of still life photography in food photography otherwise, it simply becomes an image of food, "says Tatsuro for Tapas. Even with all this creative process on the table, the images are still unusual; there are no compositions, there is no Each photo project has a different concept, but my "I like to make my own recipes and, sometimes, edible objects ask me to turn them into something that is not related to food" work with food treats to stimulate visually. I'm not sure I can say that it has a story, but that's the concept behind it. I continue to challenge myself to create unexpected food images. "The objective, in view is, is not to create something delicious," that's the chefs' thing, "he says. The view is the sense in which I am most interested. We are surrounded by food photographs that capture beautiful foods or fresh ingredients. I admit that those kinds of images make me hungry, but I'm not interested in taking pictures like that. I respect the talent of the chefs and the work of the farmers, but I prefer to put my own stamp on things, make my own recipes and, sometimes, the edible objects ask me to turn them into something that is not really related to food Tatsuro finds inspiration interacting with the world and with his own thoughts. "The process to inspire me is very similar to exercising: you can run today and do push-ups tomorrow, the next day doing sit-ups, you follow this kind of routine until you become stronger, faster and more natural. when I do not have a camera in my hands. " or 110 TAPAS March 2019

Fila 96

Growing up in the 90s, as much as I was excited to work on this project, I felt weird about the 90s is already considered as vintage in a way. Well, it was a good era for fashion, music, and culture for sure.

Among the pantheon of footwear greats of the 1990’s is FILA’s iconic 96 model, a silhouette that permeated lifestyle and basketball sneaker fashion in its highest forms. Appearing on the feet of culture leaders, from celebrated hoops legends to the deities of hip-hop, and from the hardwood to timeless photoshoots, the FILA 96 championed an undeniable legacy that lives on more than two decades later.

For 2019, the sportstyle brand is offering this classic in its stately form, while also introducing a Low iteration, complete with unmistakable logos such as FILA’s signature 96 branding. Additional design details include full grain leather, rolled edges on the toe and quarter, the original traction pattern, and leather linings. Ushering in this nostalgic collection are mainstay colorways of white/navy and black – two OGs from the shoe’s peak run in 1996.

The FILA 96 and 96 Low are set to release on FILA.com on February 1, with an MSRP of $120 for the 96 and $110 for the 96 Low.
— Sneaker News

Still Life Photography in Nature

I spent a lot of time in nature this past summer. I was in The Thousand Islands of Upstate NY, Hunterdon County and the Delaware River in Frenchtown, NJ, and Maine. Getting out of my studio and spending time in nature was really great for me. 

During my adventures I collected leaves, branches, and rocks to bring back my studio and photographed them. They are nothing really special, just ordinary objects you can find anywhere in nature. However, I found beauty in their shapes and colors. I stylize them in my studio and photographed them in film with my Sinar 4x5 camera.

The original prints for this series are available at my website.  

The reasons I still shoot in film.

Apple announced that the new i-phones will be equipped with 12 megapixel cameras. Canon has introduced a new full-frame mirrorless camera system. Tons of “new” and “better” cameras come out every year. I mainly use digital cameras for commercial photographs and that forces me to check out new gear and see what’s up and coming in the photo industry.

However, I still use film. Especially for my fine art work, I believe that black and white film photography is the way to go.

Film is not cost-effective today; if I make a mistake I just end up wasting my money. The image quality of film photography often seems inferior to today's digital photography. Film photography is not immediate, it takes patience; I don’t know how my photographs will come out until I have time in the darkroom. And if I shoot outside, I have to bring film rolls and they get cumbersome. Ok, so why I am still shooting with film?

Reason 1:  I like black and white photography because I started photography before digital cameras were common. When I was young I studied master photographers’ photos and they were all black and white. In my opinion, the ultimate mode of photography is black and white film. 

Reason 2: I like being in the darkroom. The darkroom brings me to a meditative state, it's like yoga. When the mood strikes I listen to some jazz but usually I prefer silence so that all I hear is the sound of running water. The darkroom is so mysterious, I love the process that takes place in my darkroom. 

Reason 3: I like the smell of film photography. The odors produced in the darkroom are arguably bad for my health and most people find them unpleasant but oddly, I love it.  


I worry that film won’t be around forever; my favorite photography practice depends on the livelihood of film and paper manufacturers. I hope I can continue to shoot, process, and develop film for the rest of my life.  

English as a Second Language

I have been in New York for nearly 15 years and as a photographer I have been lucky to meet many people and make great friends from all around the world (Thanks, Big Apple).

People say that if you have been in New York for more than 10 years, you are a New Yorker. Okay, I love the idea of being considered a New Yorker but here is my problem. My tongue muscles are still not functioning as they should be, my Japanese accent is really HEAVY! I studied English in college, learned at work and from friends, and took additional English pronunciation classes. Yes, they helped  but I realize that some people still have hard time to understanding me. If it's friends, I usually tell them to hang out with me more so they can get used to my accent. If its work, I tell them to hire me more often so they can understand me better. I suppose I’m lucky that I’m a photographer and essentially I can use my photographs as a visual language.

There are so many non-native English speakers in New York. I hear all different kind accents everyday, so I may not need to care too much about my accent but I stillwant to improve and reduce it. Maybe it’s too late to build English speaking muscles but is there a way I can sound clearer and understandable to everyone? 

So here is the method I come up with: when I speak Japanese, I imitate accents of non-native Japanese speakers whose first language is American-English. If I can sound like them in Japanese, I can sound like them in English as well? This is probably a dumb idea but I want to see how it goes. Learning languages should be fun, right?  

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Fujifilm X-Pro 2, robust and reliable camera

Time flies with this camera, it's been three years since I purchased my brand new Fuji X Pro-2.

The purpose of owning this camera is for me to take it anywhere I go outside my studio. This camera is always with me; I have photographed the streets of New York City, forests, mountains, and rivers.

When I was in the market for a digital camera I wasn’t too concerned about the quality of photographs it would shoot because these days almost any digital camera can do a high quality job.  Most importantly, I wanted to have the same excitement as when I got my first film Nikon mechanical SLR camera. X Pro-2 did the trick because of its classic-camera-feel, mechanical and beautiful design, lightness, and simple controls; all of these characteristics spark a sense of nostalgia for my early days in photography.

I appreciate technology and understand how people get excited about buying a new digital camera every few years. But this camera ages well just like a pair of jeans and I’m enjoying it more and more. For me, the X Pro-2 is still doing the trick and I know that I’ll continue to use this camera for a long, long time.


Graphis Photography Annual 2018

It is such an honor to have my work been selected in Graphis Photography Award 2018. Graphis is an international publisher of books on communication design and I always wanted to my work in it.  I am absolutely happy about I won the Gold and Silver Awards in 2017 and 2018.