NAOYUKI OGINO switched gears from studying astrophysics to photography, a decision he considers as an awakening. Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1975, he has lived among different cultures since childhood, in constant search of roots and a sense of belonging. Awarded the 2006 Grand Prize of the Japan Photographers’ Union in Tokyo, he also participated in Pingyao International Photography Festival in 2007, as well as the Tashkentale Photo Festival, and China-Japan Photography Exhibition at the Beijing National Palace Museum in 2008. Since 1998, he has held several solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, Taiwan, and other countries. Most recently, he published a book of photography, A Geisha’s Journey: My Life as A Kyoto Apprentice (Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2008). The French edition is also available from Éditions Aubanel (Paris, 2009). He currently lives in the city of Kyoto. His website is www.naoyukiogino.jp.