Hello there! My name is Mintra, and I’m a photographer born and raised in Kansas City. I grew up voraciously reading every book I could get my hands on, banging out stupidly loud and fast renditions of Chopin on the piano, listening to film soundtracks, and writing. Writing, writing, writing. I think by high school I’d written two or three (terrible) books.
When I started high school, my dad handed me his old 35-mm camera. I fell in love with what I saw through the lens – a framed world, one alternately fuzzy and focused as my eyes and hands so desired. It gave me the ability to emulate and express that special stillness I felt every time I looked at a beautiful work in the museum: the suspended moment of quiet wonder.
That old 35-mm camera led me to the Kansas City Art Institute in 2009, where I found myself fully exposed to the amazing world of art. I met many people – amazing instructors, fellow students who acted simultaneously as both peers and teachers, all artists who were a myriad amount of things besides artists: musicians, dancers, writers, scientists. They were creators who hatched ideas and produced work beyond what I had ever imagined art could be.
I also met one particularly important and wonderful person: my husband, Paul. In 2013 we graduated from the photography and animation departments in May, married in June, and moved to Japan in August.
My first year as a married woman was spent unemployed discovering that I was terrible at languages and an abysmal housewife (I make as many messes as I clean up). Luckily, in fall 2014 I received a job as an ALT at the local elementary schools.
Working with children eight hours a day tired me out, and I drifted away from art and writing for a while. Now, however, I want to get back in the game, and this blog is my opportunity to pick up the camera again and look at Japan with fresh eyes through a lens.
Besides documenting our town and whatever other cities we might find ourselves in, I will be exploring my other interests and posting them on this blog – especially food! My mother is Thai, so I will be practicing my Thai cooking; and obviously, I will be trying out some Japanese dishes.
So please! Feel free to join me on my adventures in Japan! 行きましょう！
Any photographs, unless credited otherwise, are attributed to Mintra Greer.