Hitoshi Oikawa 

Independant Photographer


Hitoshi Oikawa, a Japan-based photographer, stands as a paradigm of creativity, uniqueness, and artistic ingenuity in the realm of contemporary photography. He has cultivated an exceptional photographic style that masterfully intertwines traditional Japanese aesthetics with modern visual language, creating images that captivate audiences both within and beyond the borders of his homeland.

Born and raised in Japan, Oikawa discovered photography at a young age. This early introduction sparked a passion that would guide his path towards a career as a professional photographer. His deep-rooted connection to his cultural heritage, combined with an insatiable curiosity about the world, has become a distinguishing hallmark of his photographic practice.

Oikawa’s approach to photography is deeply personal and introspective. He regards his camera not just as a tool, but as an extension of his soul, enabling him to express his inner thoughts, emotions, and perceptions. Each frame that he captures is a reflection of his internal landscape, encapsulating his unique perspective on the world around him.

His photographic portfolio is a beautiful tapestry of diverse subjects, from tranquil landscapes and bustling cityscapes to intimate portraits and abstract compositions. Oikawa's ability to capture the essence of his subjects, whether it's the serene beauty of a rural Japanese landscape or the vibrant energy of Tokyo's urban sprawl, is nothing short of remarkable.

Much of Oikawa's work draws from the philosophical concepts of Japanese aesthetics. He often employs elements of 'wabi-sabi', a traditional Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. This philosophy becomes evident in his images that capture fleeting moments, decaying structures, and the ephemeral beauty of nature.

In other pieces, one can see the influence of 'Ma', a Japanese concept that translates to 'gap' or 'pause', signifying the space or moment between things. Oikawa's use of negative space, timing, and composition to highlight these moments of 'Ma' lends his photographs a unique rhythm and narrative depth.

Oikawa’s exploration of Japanese concepts and his contemporary approach to visual storytelling has earned him recognition both nationally and internationally. His work has been showcased in numerous exhibitions and publications, resonating with a wide audience.

Beyond his own photography, Oikawa is also passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience. He conducts workshops and lectures, inspiring budding photographers and enthusiasts alike with his philosophical approach to the medium.

His dedication to his craft, his constant quest for new ways of seeing, and his commitment to expressing his unique vision make Hitoshi Oikawa a distinctive voice in the world of photography. He encourages us to see beyond the surface, to appreciate the beauty of transience, the rhythm of the in-between, and the profound stories that can be told through the lens of a camera.

My Courses

The fundamentals of digital photography

—  Hitoshi Oikawa 


Welcome to this comprehensive course tailored specifically for beginners who are eager to learn the fundamentals of digital interchangeable lens cameras, such as DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Whether you aspire to pursue photography as a hobby, capture stunning images that will leave your friends in awe, create lasting memories of your children or grandchildren, immortalize breathtaking landscapes during your travels, showcase beautiful photographs on social media platforms like Facebook, or simply want to move beyond the confines of the auto mode on your camera, this course is designed to meet your needs and help you unleash your creative potential. Navigating the world of cameras and lenses can be a daunting task, especially if you are unsure about which camera to choose or find the idea of self-study overwhelming. That is goal of this course in a video-based learning format, ensuring that even the most complex concepts are broken down into easily digestible lessons that anyone can grasp. The course goes far beyond the acquisition of basic knowledge about cameras and lenses. Once you have built a strong foundation through theoretical lessons, you will embark on a series of practical sessions designed to immerse you in various shooting techniques across different situations. These practical sessions are divided into five main categories: "People & Animals," "Objects & Food," "Landscapes," "Nightscapes," and "Close-ups." Within each category, you will gain valuable insights into specific camera settings, composition tips, and creative tricks to capture exceptional shots that truly stand out. By enrolling in this course, you will not only acquire a wide range of knowledge and skills but also benefit from the efficiency and effectiveness of a guided learning experience. The video-based approach provides a significant advantage over self-study through books or online resources. It allows you to see real-world examples, observe practical demonstrations, and receive expert guidance throughout your journey. Even if you have been exploring photography on your own terms until now, this course will help you consolidate your existing knowledge and expand your skills in a structured and systematic manner. You will gain a deeper understanding of the technical aspects of your camera, master the art of composition, develop a critical eye for detail, and enhance your ability to capture the essence of every subject you photograph.


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