Tatsuo Suzuki

When I was 16, I bought a cheap Nikon film camera and took an introductory black and white photography course at my local community college. I'm so glad I did. I had a great professor, I learned a lot, and I got to experience the magic of developing in a wet darkroom before digital totally took over. More importantly, I met a pair of best friends - two women in their 60s - who did just about everything together, which included taking that photography course. Something one of them said to me really resonated with the impressionable high schooler that I was. 

"You're never too old to try something new," (let's call here Darlene) said. "Look at me. I'm 63. I took up the piano at 48. That's 15 years of practice. I'm not the greatest, but I'm not bad."

I'm glad I had the foresight to retain that piece of advice as a teenager and keep it with me over the years. "It's never too late to try something new" has been a way of approaching life that I seem to revisit. 

The point I am trying to make here is that age should not limit your decision to do something, which is where Tatsuo Suzuki comes in.

Suzuki is a 51-year-old Japanese photographer who began taking photographs on the streets of Tokyo in 2008. That would have made him about 43 when he first started. I honestly don't know too much about Suzuki other than the fact that he updates his website pretty regularly, which I visit quite often. There's something about the way he captures life in Japan in his signature high contrast style that keeps me coming back.

Check out some of Suzuki's work if you get a chance, and remember that it's never too late to try something new.

Untitled, 2013. Photograph by Tatsuo Suzuki.