Because Shikoku is really off the beaten track of most people who are from out of town, it is incredibly rare to meet someone who is as fantastically articulate, talented, passionate about art, intelligent, and deeply kind at the same time. Meet Sean Brecht. Not only is Sean a very good guy to meet and get to know, he is also an incredibly talented photographer.

Lots of people take pictures. I do too. But Sean sculpts his photos. They are tangible and have evocative power that I have not really experienced often. But there we were, a couple of guys from way out of town, in a nice restaurant, drinking very nice wine, having great food and enriching conversation. I met Sean once before for coffee and that was right after I saw his work on line as we are linked through Facebook and have common work in Inbound Tourism for Shikoku, and specifically for Kagawa.

I felt a very strong sense of kinship with Sean, and that is very unusually for me. I am usually pretty reserved, and while my work and position has me meet a lot of different people, I don’t have so many close friends. I have no complaints, of course. I am just wired that way. But Sean, who is also on the more reserved side of personalities, was sharing with me his art, his photography, and the journey of a million steps that took him from Guam, through Texas, to Japan. He has a fascinating story to tell, but he does not need to tell you his own biography in the way most people tell their own “stories”. He passes you this book:

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And then you fall into the photography.

This is his book about what he has seen in Tokyo, decades of visual and visceral experiences in Tokyo. I was riveted as I looked through it the first time, and now I need to have a copy of my own. I hope Sean will make a book for Shikoku. I think they need it. This eye. This view. This perspective. I’m grateful to meet Sean. I’m grateful to be his friend.

Thank you Sean! Next round is on me, bud.


Look at the book!

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