Brian Wood-Koiwa was actually born and raised in rural Pennsylvania in the US, but knew that he really belonged in big cities.
He has lived/worked and travelled around the world, in places such as Qatar, Ecuador, Thailand, Australia, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in central Africa before settling down in Tokyo. He has been living in Tokyo for over 16 years, so his photography is inspired by the juxtaposition of the ultra-modern and traditional aspects for which this megalopolis is known.
He calls his photographic style “UrbanWeird”: emphasizing the phantasmagorical of the seemingly urban mundane through composition and using both film and digital. His main focus is anything urban (urban landscape, cityscape, street, urban abstract) and the temples and shrines that dot the city, at times existing harmoniously and other times not so harmoniously, but interestingly.