San Francisco ➞ Taipei
What I’m doing now:
Officially settled in Taipei, Taiwan.
Still taking pictures, sending out monthly newsletters, and building up my new YouTube Channel - Barely Evolved Apes. It’s a platform I created dedicated to sharing ideas, life lessons, and skills to inspire you to live the life you want to live. Check it out. You might like it =)
Stay true to your voice.
Updated November 3, 2017.
The full story:
Hi! I'm Jason. I'm a professional photographer, and I grew up in the foggy hills of San Francisco. In previous lives I studied film and television at UCLA, photojournalism at the International Center of Photography in New York City, and cycled from Tokyo to Osaka.
Photography has been a part of my life ever since I was a child. My mom had an old school 35mm Nikon film camera that I would always play with, and my dad had the good old Polaroid. I got my very first camera when I traded in all my raffle tickets at an arcade in Las Vegas, and when I finally got my hands on an SLR camera, I would pull all-nighters teaching myself photography. After graduating from UCLA, I moved to New York City to pursue photography full-time. This is where I began to really cut my teeth in the photography world by working as the photo assistant for Andrew Eccles and as a digital retoucher for Peter Lindbergh. All these experiences has led me to be the artist that I am today, with my work published in the New York Times, National Geographic, and San Francisco Magazine.
Aside from photography, I split my time writing, teaching dance, traveling the world, and running my YouTube channel.
A few years ago, I began writing and sharing my thoughts on my blog. I always thought it would have been really neat if an early ancestor of mine left some sort of book that provided words of wisdom and guidance for future generations to come. Unfortunately, these books don’t exist, so really it’s a collection of thoughts about life that I feel are helpful and wish I had growing up. You can read them here.
I’ve been lucky enough to teach New Style Hustle throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. It is a modern take on the original 1970s partner dance incorporating fun street dance elements. Check out this fun little video to get a sneak peak into my classes.
I’m proud to say that I’ve traveled a good bunch for the purpose of self-discovery and growth. I lived in Taiwan for over a year without any prior knowledge of Chinese. I did a solo backpacking trip across Europe for six months and volunteered on organic farms. I even made it down to Africa at some point and bungee jumped over the Zambezi River. Nothing has opened up my mind and heart more than my adventures around the world, and I am grateful that it has made me a better person.
I recently created a YouTube channel dedicated to sharing ideas, life lessons, and skills to help you evolve into the highest version of yourself.
New videos are posted once a week. You can see it here.
My other interests include dogs, music, Hall & Oates, and smoothies. If left to wander, you’d probably find me at Green Apple Books, eating an egg tart, or at the beach watching the sunset. I believe the best things in life come when you face your fears, accept others for who they are, and do good work that comes from the heart. If any of those things interest you, let's be friends~
+ 415 513 8870
The New York Times - Metropolitan
The New York Times - Lens Blog
The International New York Times
National Geographic (中文版)
PDN Photo of the Day
San Francisco Magazine
New York Edited - Bonds and Borders
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