I'm the owner of Rising Up Studios, Stephen Jackson, and I'm coming all the way from Japan to your pc or mobile device. On this blog, I would like to showcase my pictures from all over the world and my passion for photography. Please, take the time to look and enjoy.
I’ve known Mayo for almost two year and she’s one of my best friends. We have shared our fears, dreams, and inspirations with one another. She has inspired so many musicians and she’s always there for friends. She’s a rock and roll angel. Her drumming skills are impressive and anyone that has seen her perform knows this holds true. The 21st marks her last night performing with the rock group, Velvet Cherry. I’ve taken pictures of the band for a long while now, and they’ve become a family to me. Mayo is one of the individuals that has truly helped Rising Up Studios and she’ll forever be a major influence in my life.
Hayato is the bass player for the Japanese rock band, Velvet Cherry. He’s the newest member, but he’s been playing with them like they’ve played music together for multiple years. He’s one of the most genuine people I know, and his bass playing is spot on. Whenever he steps on stage you see a smile on his face appear and you then feel that first pluck of the bass string in your bones. His playing truly compliments Shinichi’s thrashing on guitar to form an aggressive combination that belongs in an arena.
Last Sunday, I was taking pictures for fun and I wanted to practice panning from afar. For these three gems I had my 70-200 mounted and was eyeing this cyclist that was riding a blood red bicycle. I loved what I captured because it caught the craziness of Shibuya, Tokyo, through, what I imagined, was her view of Shibuya at the time.
Shinichi is the guitarist of the rock band, Velvet Cherry. He has a very refined style of playing his guitar, and that makes his solos truly stand out. He doesn’t hold back when it’s his time to shred. He gives it his all in every performance and the sweat dripping from his face while he looks out towards the bands’ fans with a smile is a gesture that shows others that he’s truly doing what he loves.
I said this before and I’ll say it again, Enam and Kim are truly special friends of mine that I would move mountains for. I’m creating a photobook as a gift for them and their firends, Kyle, Lauren (front), Rebecca (right), and Ellie (left).
Here are four images that will be going in the book.
True friendships are hard to find, but it’s one of the best things in the world once you wholeheartedly realize the connection.