Dear Steve… I have couple of questions which im curious about your answers. We all know, Fin Costello was always very important at Japan’s visual image. He made a lot of sessions with the band and he was like a band member at Japan tours… Did he give you some advices about photography or how to approach a moment as a photographer, generally? Did you have a photograph from your Japan years which he also inside the frame. I mean a photograph together with Mr. Costello… Another important person was probably Yuka Fujii at japan’s image and music… When you were active at tumblr you shared couple of images which Yuka was also appear inside the frame (i remember she and Karn together outside the Manor and together in front of an exotic instrument)… But she was looking very blurred, faded or i maybe i can call “shy…” Was she? She didnt like or prefer being photographed with the band? Could you pls share with us at least one of your photograph, she is more visible, more clear, more in front… For sure, if any exist at your archive… all the best and thank you for answering our questions…

Fin taught me a little about printing techniques and also about using large format cameras as I didn’t own one myself and I picked up on basic studio lighting techniques during our time working with him on a regular basis. I’m pretty sure there have been one or two photos published of him with the band. As for Yuka, she was ‘Cantonese Boy’ on the single cover image, not so shy… and she too has appeared in photos on various occasions.

  1. Fin Costello shoot (me not him) in Primrose Hill
  2. Fin Costello with not his camera … wait actually I think it is.
  3. Yuka in tour bus
  4. Yuka alternative shot for ‘Cantonese Boy’ single cover

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  1. Thank you very much indeed. We learn something new almost everyday by taking your precious time. All the best. Btw, i remember that camera from one of your own photo. 😊

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