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My Journey – Just Getting Started (Podcast 402)

Having just achieved that major milestone of 400 Podcast episodes, a lot of people have asked me to reflect on my journey and how I go to this point in my life. The end of a year is always a good time to reflect on what got us to where...

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Martin Bailey
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.
  • Wayne Yuhasz
    Posted at 01:42h, 02 January Reply

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts regarding your photography, and business, journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative(and I looked at your Japan nature photos).

    Best compliment I can convey is you are an artist with good craft and a vision.

    Great way for me to start the new year reading your words and enjoying your images.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:13h, 03 January Reply

      Thanks Wayne! I’m please you enjoyed this, and thanks for the kind words.

  • Daniel Dunn
    Posted at 03:06h, 02 January Reply

    Thanks Martin, enjoyed reading this!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:14h, 03 January Reply

      Thank you, for taking the time to read this Daniel. I’m pleased you enjoyed it.

  • joe Cosentino
    Posted at 04:44h, 02 January Reply


    Thank you for your thoughts, have been self employed since 1990 i could relate to a lot of your insights. I have made the mistake you were talking about i currently have a contract that has tied me down to one source of revenue, So I know I have to reposition myself this year to make a change and again open up journey and get on with it.

    Again thank you for your show,

    The link to the deal is dead from all the sites I have heard about it.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:16h, 03 January Reply

      You’re very welcome Joe. Thanks for listening! I’m pleased you were able to related to some of this.

      The link seems fine now. The site must have been down when you tried. Sorry about that!

  • Andrew Cooper
    Posted at 15:07h, 02 January Reply

    Martin, thanks for the excellent podcast, just listened and felt had to comment and thank you on behalf of all of us who listen and inspire us to get out there with our cameras.
    Best wishes for the New Year and all that it brings,

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:18h, 03 January Reply

      Thanks so much for your comment Andrew! I’m pleased you enjoyed this, and you’re more than welcome. It’s an honor to be able to help and inspire others to any degree.

      Best wishes to you too for 2014!

  • Tim
    Posted at 11:56h, 07 January Reply

    Another great podcast, Martin. I really enjoyed learning more about you and your life. I feel like the degree to which you share of yourself is something that separates you from every other photography podcaster out there.

    One thing I have always been curious about is your wife—how and where you met her, for example. It’s totally unrelated to photography, of course, but you often mention her and she’s obviously a big part of your life and your story.

    Happy new year!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 13:16h, 07 January Reply

      Thanks Tim.

      My wife and I met way back when I first went to Fukushima, and we started living together shortly after I moved to Sendai. She’s been a rock, and yes, is very important to me. Now, she’s my best trusted critique, and soon tells me if something I’ve shot isn’t up to par. Basically very little gets into my portfolio without her go-ahead. Sometimes I over-rule her decision, but it’s rare. 🙂


  • Tim
    Posted at 12:53h, 09 January Reply

    She sounds like a great partner and confidant, Martin—a blessing for sure!

    I’m also struck by the fact that you really have a history and familiarity with the region of Japan that has been so affected by the tsunami. That must have been especially hard.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:20h, 09 January Reply

      Well spotted Tim!

      Yes, it was tough. We spent New Years just outside the exclusion zone. The persimmon fruit are all rotting on the trees because the farmers are being told to only harvest a small percentage of the fruit. Nasty stuff going down there.

      We still can’t watch footage of the tsunami without shedding a tear. That goes for most people I imagine though. It was was terrible.

  • Wallace Shackleton
    Posted at 05:29h, 17 January Reply

    I enjoyed this podcast, thanks for sharing this podcast with us.

    I was thinking, what makes you special and so different from all the other podcasters out there is that you are a westerner in Japan and not just a photographer doing product reviews.
    Sure, do things that will pay the rent but don’t loose track of what makes you different, slip in the occasional podcast of what is it to photograph in an abandoned Japanese cement works or a busy Japanese market or even a Japanese family portrait shoot.

    Here’s to your next 400 Martin.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 12:07h, 17 January Reply

      You have an excellent memory Wallace. 🙂

      Thanks for listening, and for the kind comment. I hope you stay with us for the next 400 too.

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