Change of Identity

Podcast 258 : Big, BIG Changes. New Identity and New Job!

OK, so I really need to take a deep breath and try to tell you about the events of the last week as calmly and clearly as possible, because I can assure you, it's been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for me. Firstly, you may recall that for almost...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Buzz
    Posted at 22:54h, 06 September Reply

    Congratulations Martin.

    Good luck, can’t wait to see and hear where this takes you.

  • Tyler
    Posted at 23:12h, 06 September Reply

    Congratulations Martin! This is a brave and inspirational move. Kudos to you for going for what you want.

  • Sean
    Posted at 23:17h, 06 September Reply

    Congratulations Martin! I doubt it’ll be easy but you’re heading in the right direction and that’s all that matters.

    My business here in Nagoya has just had a good boost so maybe we could bounce ideas off each other. Or more likely ask Pete down in Okinawa. Hehehe 🙂

  • Jack Andrys
    Posted at 23:19h, 06 September Reply

    Good news Martin, following your heart and your passion is a winning formula for life, all the very best.

    Jack Andrys

  • Kevin Mullins
    Posted at 23:25h, 06 September Reply

    Congratulations on every count Martin. Well deserved and well done.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 23:38h, 06 September Reply

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments and support! It’s great to know that you are all out there rooting for me.

    Following my heart is incredibly important to me, and I believe this is the right thing to do, even if it’s perhaps a little foolish to leave such a good job. I just have to do this though. I don’t know how to do it any other way. 🙂

    Sean, for sure, let’s bounce some ideas around. Hopefully we’ll get to meet on your visit to Tokyo this month.


  • Roy Booth
    Posted at 23:51h, 06 September Reply

    Fantastic news Martin, I’m sure you’ll make a great success of this if you put half the energy into your business as you did when it was a hobby. Of course your loyal followers on the forum wil now have to get you to sign a new SLA providing 24/7 responses with a 5 minute response time to all queries. One thing that I know another pro photographer is offering, is a personal critique service where you send him a small number of images (say 6) and he provides a verbal and written critique and discussion on the images, just an idea, of course as a trial customer I’d expect my critique for free :-).

    One day I’ll be half as good as you, then I’ll be satisfied.

  • Richard Olpin
    Posted at 23:53h, 06 September Reply

    Wow.. big changes!

    Congratulations Martin and the very best of luck to you for your future as a full time pro!

  • Patrick
    Posted at 00:11h, 07 September Reply

    Congratulations, Martin, for this big step. I takes courage to change one’s life so radically.

    Best of luck! Looking forward to learning about your progress in your podcasts. 😀

  • Dave
    Posted at 01:53h, 07 September Reply

    I just started listening a few weeks ago but the MBP podcast is one of my favorites now.

    Congratulations on the new citizenship and good luck for the future.

  • Grant
    Posted at 02:56h, 07 September Reply

    Fantastic! Martin, all the best of luck.

  • Owin Thomas
    Posted at 05:14h, 07 September Reply

    Congratulations on your citizenship and best of luck with your chosen path in life.


  • Terry Branscombe
    Posted at 11:09h, 07 September Reply

    Like “Dave” above, I’ve been listening in the podcasts and rooting around here for only a few months, and have learned a great deal. Thank you, and congratulations on your courageous decision to fly solo. I’m looking forward to seeing the podcasts evolve with your new focus.



  • Kirk
    Posted at 08:01h, 08 September Reply

    Congratulations Martin!

    This is a tremendous step and with the passion that you display in your photography, I’m sure it will be successful. You and your work are inspiring! Maybe in your planning of workshops, you could create one online of how to convince your spouse to let you do something like this! Good luck and keep the podcasts coming!

  • David H
    Posted at 15:35h, 08 September Reply

    I know that giving up a stable, secure job is not easy and neither is changing ones nationality. Congratulations and best of luck with both. And I do look forward to attending one of your workshops sometime in the near future.

  • RonC
    Posted at 01:20h, 09 September Reply

    Martin, this is great news. Congrat’s on the citizenship and moving deeper into your career in photography. Both huge steps. Hope to see you on one of your future treks or maybe for the gallery exhibition.


  • Eloy Muñoz
    Posted at 07:08h, 11 September Reply

    Congrats Martin. I think you did this the right way, you gave it a long thought and waited for the time to be right, you are taking a risk here but you have been careful and thats the way to go.

    I am glad you are doing what makes you happy, everyone should be this way. I wish you the best of luck but you don’t need it, you have the two things that are required, skill and love for the art and excellent marketing tools.

    All best,


  • Dave from The Longest Way Home
    Posted at 13:18h, 11 September Reply

    Congratulations. I read this on my rss and it’s really one of the few blog posts I’ve read this year that I felt inspired by.

    You accomplished a 20 year dream. It’s something few people really get to do. I imagine you’ve had your share of struggles, disappointments and accomplishments during all this too.

    Again, well done. I find such things inspirational.


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 16:58h, 11 September Reply

    Wow! Thanks for the continued comments and best wishes everyone! I’m really touched by the responses here, and on Twitter and Facebook!

    It’s always so humbling for me to hear that some of you think of me and my work as an inspiration. I feel privileged to have been able to make this tough decision, and am so grateful to my previous employer for enabling me to maintain a work/life balance that helped me to build my photography business to this point while keeping my day-job.

    I have to admit, I did have butterflies in my stomach in the days before I actually tendered my resignation, wondering if it really was the right thing to do, but that was just natural apprehension I guess. It had to happen though. I’ve really never felt so sure that I have to do something as I do about making this switch at this time.

    All of your kind comments have certainly made this busy time of change much easier though. Really, thanks so much everyone for your kind words and support.

    Roy, I’ll could offer that “gold” service that you mentioned for about $500/month! Do you want to be the first to sign up? 🙂

    Seriously though, the critiques may come later, but first, I need to get the business set up and rolling smoothly. I also don’t really enjoy doing critiques, because I don’t think I’m very good at them. Maybe when I’m more comfortable with critique I can reconsider.

    Kirk, that’s a great idea about the workshop on convincing my wife to let me do this! 🙂 In actuality, she never said it was OK. The more I talked about it though, and told her about the various ideas I have, she stopped opposing the idea. She knows that I’m passionate about my photography and she’s OK with the decision now, but she’s still concerned with the fact that we no longer have a regular income. It would be foolish not to be, but I’ll prove to her that this can work before too long though.

    RonC, it would be great to see you on one of the tours or exhibition. I hope you’re in town when that happens.

    Dave (TLWH), thanks so much. There have been struggles, in more forms than I’m able to talk about, until I write my memoirs. 🙂

    All the best!


  • Susan
    Posted at 17:15h, 20 September Reply

    Hallo Martin,
    Having been away from home recently, I wasn’t able to post until now. I am glad for you for your recent news of your Japanese citizenship and your decision to focus solely photography. Congratulations and best wishes! I think that you will go from strength to strength.


  • Alex
    Posted at 22:08h, 09 October Reply

    Dear Martin,
    Catching up after a long period of other work. Congratulations on the the new “you.” It is a big jump to change nationalities, but it sounds like you did the right thing. Also good luck with the new direction. I hope you can create an environment that brings Japanese and non-Japanese together. It always amuses me that so many photographers are familiar with Japanese equipment, but not photography in Japan. After the move, this has been a year of changes, yes.

    Alex in Fujisawa

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