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Kats Sisters Photoshoot by airi katsuta

Airi Katsuta, Riho Katsuta 【日本語の文章は英語の後にあります】

It's been exactly a year since my last blog post... My apologies.

A lot has happened in a year. To keep it short and simple, I've made a list.

  1. I went around the world again with Peace Boat as their official photographer. It was the same route as the last time, and second time was much easier work wise. I was also able to enjoy myself much more and photograph much better. It was amazing to reconnect with the people that I met last year as well.
  2. I got promoted, and became the Audio/Visual Technician at the Phoenix Art Museum. I'm learning the IT side of the museum and also in the planning process of doing some photography/videography. It's keeping me busy so that's good.
  3. I've been doing photoshoots here and there which I will post on my website once it gets published.
  4. Lastly, I did a photoshoot... with me in it!

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That's the photo you see above. We did a "Kats Sisters" photoshoot, that's my older sister Riho on the left, and me on the right. Usually I'm behind the camera, but it was my first time being in the shot, and directing it. My cousin, Hiroto, assisted me with pushing the remote to take the photos. We blew up 50 balloons which didn't take much time with the three of us, like the last time we did the balloon shoot! I'd set up the camera on a tripod and frame everything and then I'd run back and pose. It was hard running back and forth with my heels on. Riho's always been a natural at posing but I definitely am not. Modeling is a serious skill that I admire, which I lack. I should've practiced a little more on facial expressions and postures but I just got so nervous in front of the camera. I feel much more comfortable taking the pictures.

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But I learned so much from this experience.

I need to get better at giving directions, better time management, and STOP HUNCHING!

It was a good experience all in all. I think the pictures turned out pretty nice too. I think by just looking at these pictures, you can probably tell we get along pretty well. We're sisters and we're best friends.

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You can see more pictures on my website.

xo,

Airi

Kats Sisters 写真撮影

最後にブログをアップしてからもう一年も経っちゃいました・・・ごめんなさい。

この一年はいろんなことがありました。

  1. ピースボートで専属のフォトグラファーとしてまた世界を一周しました(その時のクルーズレポートはこちらで読めます)。前回と同じ航路だったので仕事は前よりも効率的にできました。仕事も遊びも写真も、前回よりも上手くできていたとおもいます。去年出会った人たちと再会できたのが素敵でした。
  2. Phoenix Art Museum (フェニックス美術館)でオーディオ・ビジュアル・テクニシャンに昇進しました。美術館のITの面や写真・映像などのプランニングを任されています。これで結構忙しくなりました。
  3. 写真の撮影も継続しています。まだ載せれないものもあるので、載せれるようになったらウェブサイトに随時アップしたいとおもいます。
  4. それから・・・自分がモデルとして入っている写真撮影をしました!

この写真がその撮影からのものです。「Kats Sisters」というプロジェクトでお姉ちゃんと二人で姉妹の写真を撮ってみました。左がお姉ちゃんの里穂で、右が自分です。普段は自分は常にカメラの後ろにいますが、今回は初めて撮影の監督をして自分も写される側にまわりました。アシスタントを従兄弟のヒロトにお願いして、カメラのリモコンシャッターを押してもらいました。風船とヘリウムタンクを買って、50個の風船を膨らませました。3人で協力したので、前回のように準備にはそこまで時間がかからなかったです。カメラを三脚に設定して、構成を確認して、走ってフレームに入ってポーズする・・・の繰り返し。ヒールで走り回るのは結構大変でした。里穂はいつも自然にポーズがとれるのに、愛里は全然ダメ。モデルの仕事ってスキルが必要で本当に感心します。愛里ももう少し表情の作り方とか姿勢とか練習しなきゃ。カメラの前にでると緊張しちゃって上手くポーズがとれませんでした。写真を撮る方がもっとリラックスしてできる。

今回の撮影で学ぶことは多かったです。もっと上手く指示を出せるようになる、タイム・マネージメントの能力を上げる、それから猫背をやめる!でも写真も上手く出来上がったので良かったです。写真を見てわかると思いますが、めちゃくちゃ仲が良いです。姉妹であって親友であるって幸せなことです。

この撮影の写真はウェブサイトこちらでごらんください。

Around the World, and I'm Back Again! by airi katsuta

So I'm back to Arizona, my home sweet home, after being away for 5 months on a global voyage with Peace Boat. I was working as a Japanese Web Reporter / Photographer to document the daily events that go on board and special reports for on location, write multiple reports everyday for general audiences who are interested in what life on board is like, for family members who are on land to know where their loved ones are at, and for passengers to reflect back on their voyage after their trip is over. I wrote close to 200 reports, and I cannot begin to tell you how difficult it was! Writing in Japanese was definitely a big challenge for me. I've acted the messenger role with Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami project where I wrote the survivor stories of the people in Ishinomaki, but it was always in English. It was my first time being away from home, and working in a Japanese setting, so language and culture was a lot to take in. The electronic dictionary (電子辞書) was my best friend.

I went in with the mindset that "I'm young, it's 0kay to make mistakes, it's a MUST to ask questions because I don't know everything, "  And let me tell ya, I made many mistakes, I asked so many questions, and realized there are kind people that have a lot to share and are willing to lend a hand. With my 105 days on board, I learned to appreciate people on a deeper level because they were there when I was in a time of need. There are more to each country than what tourism has to offer, especially with the cultural exchange tours that Peace Boat provides, it was great to interact with locals in their environment and have that experience. Here are some of the photos of the countries I went to that are on view on my website. See full albums on http://www.airikatsuta.com/global-voyage

Here is a little bit of a preview, but you can go to my website to see more!   And I was blessed with an opportunity to go on another voyage with Peace Boat as a web reporter again. So in November (which is in a couple more months!) I'll be in Japan and then off to explore the world again. In the meantime, I am making art in different mediums (photography, origami, india ink, watercolor, ceramics, and even henna!) I am working at the Phoenix Art Museum being a Gallery Attendant, Control Room Operator, Projectionist, and back at Method Art Gallery being an assistant to Davin Lavikka  and doing multiple duties. Hopefully I'll have an exhibition coming up there so I will keep you guys posted!

Resilience at The Academy Theatre by airi katsuta

Resilience showing at the Academy Theatre I have another showing of Resilience coming up in September 19-22 at The Academy Theatre . You can catch it again for those of you who missed the first showing at Method Art Gallery. This time it is more focused on the stories of the residents, with narratives that go along with the photographs. I will also be giving a talk at the reception on Friday, September 20th, 6-9 pm. The 1000 Cranes for Ishinomaki will also be on display.

As a bonus feature to the show, I will be showcasing the fashion photography I have been doing lately in the lounge area. It will be the first time being shown in a gallery space so I'm very excited.