In the Near Distance, published by Kominek Books in 2010, brings together early photographs, taken between 1973 and 1986, in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Tokyo and other places on both sides of the Pacific. I first visited Asia in 1974, later lived in Tokyo in the late 1970s, and moved to Hong Kong in 1982, living there for more than a decade. My "amateur" status was officially surrendered when I started photographing for magazines in 1987. So these are the photographs of an amateur, unschooled except by early exposure to the films of the late 60s and early 70s, and the novels of writers like Graham Green, Peter Handke and Paul Bowles.
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Pussycat Club, Hong Kong, 1974
Pussycat Club, Hong Kong, 1974
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'Dancing', Los Angeles, 1976
'Dancing', Los Angeles, 1976
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Tokyo-Naha, Okinawa, Ferry, 1982
Tokyo-Naha, Okinawa, Ferry, 1982
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Billboard, Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 1982
Billboard, Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 1982
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Playing Cards, Vancouver, 1982
Playing Cards, Vancouver, 1982
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American Sailor in Hotel Room, Hong Kong, 1974
American Sailor in Hotel Room, Hong Kong, 1974
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Lotus Hotel, Vancouver, 1981
Lotus Hotel, Vancouver, 1981
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American Sailor, Yokosuka, Japan, 1976
American Sailor, Yokosuka, Japan, 1976
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Three Marines, Oceanside, California, 1978
Three Marines, Oceanside, California, 1978
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'World Beauty', Vancouver, 1982
'World Beauty', Vancouver, 1982
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Steams Cafe, Vancouver, 1973
Steams Cafe, Vancouver, 1973
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Las Vegas (Fun Place), 1976
Las Vegas (Fun Place), 1976
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Building on Franklin Street, 1981
Building on Franklin Street, 1981
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Sailors Home, Vancouver, 1973
Sailors Home, Vancouver, 1973
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Kabuki-cho #1, Tokyo, 1976
Kabuki-cho #1, Tokyo, 1976
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Building and Train Tracks (Seven-Up), Vancouver, 1981
Building and Train Tracks (Seven-Up), Vancouver, 1981
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White Rose Cafe, Vancouver, 1974
White Rose Cafe, Vancouver, 1974
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Woman in Eden Bar, Pusan, Korea, 1976
Woman in Eden Bar, Pusan, Korea, 1976
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Man with Cigarette, San Francisco, 1974
Man with Cigarette, San Francisco, 1974
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Silver Grill Cafe, Vancouver, 1975
Silver Grill Cafe, Vancouver, 1975
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Pearson (US Air Force), San Francisco, 1976
Pearson (US Air Force), San Francisco, 1976
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Neon Gutter, Hong Kong, 1974
Neon Gutter, Hong Kong, 1974
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Juli, Tokyo Bay, 1979
Juli, Tokyo Bay, 1979
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Cinema Lobby, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, 1980
Cinema Lobby, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, 1980
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Hotel Room, Okinawa, Japan, 1982
Hotel Room, Okinawa, Japan, 1982
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Keiko, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, 1979
Keiko, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, 1979
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Man Running, Haneda Airport, Tokyo, 1980
Man Running, Haneda Airport, Tokyo, 1980
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Two Highschool Students, Tokyo, 1979
Two Highschool Students, Tokyo, 1979
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Tokyo Waterfront  (Dirt Pile), 1979
Tokyo Waterfront (Dirt Pile), 1979
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Yakuza Greeting, Dunkin Donuts, Tokyo, 1979
Yakuza Greeting, Dunkin Donuts, Tokyo, 1979
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Shirtless Young Man, Senator Hotel, 1975
Shirtless Young Man, Senator Hotel, 1975
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Eden Bar, ('Americana II'), Pusan, 1976
Eden Bar, ('Americana II'), Pusan, 1976
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Parked Car, Union Street, Vancouver, 1981
Parked Car, Union Street, Vancouver, 1981
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Paradise Club, San Francisco, 1981
Paradise Club, San Francisco, 1981
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Shore Patrol, Hong Kong, 1985
Shore Patrol, Hong Kong, 1985
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Blue Eagle Cafe, Vancouver, 1975
Blue Eagle Cafe, Vancouver, 1975
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'Wheeler Dealer', Mission Drag Strip, 1973
'Wheeler Dealer', Mission Drag Strip, 1973
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Coin City Arcade, Vancouver. 1974
Coin City Arcade, Vancouver. 1974
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Lunch Counter, (Lifesavers) Vancouver, 1981
Lunch Counter, (Lifesavers) Vancouver, 1981
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Woman in Red Dress, Shanghai, 1985
Woman in Red Dress, Shanghai, 1985
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Sailor with Eye Patch, Yokosuka, 1976
Sailor with Eye Patch, Yokosuka, 1976
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Young Man in Blue Trousers, Tokyo, 1976
Young Man in Blue Trousers, Tokyo, 1976
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Motel and Car, Seaside, Oregon, 1981
Motel and Car, Seaside, Oregon, 1981
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Two Women, Vancouver, 1973
Two Women, Vancouver, 1973
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Chinese Sailor, Vancouver, 1981
Chinese Sailor, Vancouver, 1981
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Sailor with Beer Bottle, Yokosuka, Japan, 1976
Sailor with Beer Bottle, Yokosuka, Japan, 1976
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China Airlines Office, San Francisco, 1981
China Airlines Office, San Francisco, 1981
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Waitress, Pacific Cafe, 1973
Waitress, Pacific Cafe, 1973
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Dark Car, Vancouver, 1982
Dark Car, Vancouver, 1982
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'Saigon 1975', Ubon, Thailand, 1977
'Saigon 1975', Ubon, Thailand, 1977
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Pool Hall, Vancouver, 1973
Pool Hall, Vancouver, 1973
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Greyhound Passengers, Texas, 1978
Greyhound Passengers, Texas, 1978
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05:09am, Tokyo, 1979
05:09am, Tokyo, 1979
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Blue Eagle Cafe, Vancouver, 1973
Blue Eagle Cafe, Vancouver, 1973
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Chinese Voice, Vancouver, 1982
Chinese Voice, Vancouver, 1982
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White Car, Franklin Street, Vancouver, 1981
White Car, Franklin Street, Vancouver, 1981
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