Anton Kusters: Photographing the Yakuza

Anton (Hasselt, BE) is a photographer and fond of long term projects. At least, he thinks he is. His very first project: a look inside a Japanese Yakuza crime family changed his life. Or maybe it did not change it. Or maybe a just little. Or maybe a lot. In his talk he will focus on hanging in there, common sense, publishing independently, press attention, feeling lucky, and working hard. It will be About finding out what’s important. And being scared. And growing up. And making a few images along the way. Oh, and about serendipity. You know, those little moments when you suddenly realize that things are falling into place. In fact he will talk about a lot of things and show us some remarkable pictures as well.

Four things

You know when you played tag and you wanted to be it….oh oh, tag me, tag me! You end up just reaching out asking for the tag? I’m it!

Four jobs I’ve had in my life

  • Ice Cream Scooper
  • Teacher
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Therapist

Four movies I can watch over and over (hmm, I own the last 3 movies on the list)

  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Princess Bride
  • Spaceballs
  • Chocolat

Four places I have lived

  • San Leandro, CA
  • Danville, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Hong Kong

Four TV shows I love to watch

  • Jeopardy
  • CSI
  • Apprentice
  • Lost

Four places I have been on vacation (not many places, sadly)

  • British Columbia, Canada
  • HK/China
  • Florida
  • East Coast

Four websites I visit daily (er, almost daily)

  • Bloglines
  • Google News
  • Yahoo -to check mail and fantasy golf stats (when I remember)
  • The high school fellowship site

Four of my favorite foods

  • Breakfast – sausage, eggs, hashbrowns, toast, bacon, etc.
  • Japanese -but not the raw stuff, hate the texture
  • Noodles -any kind
  • My mom’s cooking

Four places I would rather be right now

  • Sleeping in my bed
  • Snowboarding on a snow-covered mountain somewhere
  • On a golf course playing 9 holes (not in any shape for 18 right now)
  • Eating with my parents or my grandma

Four people I am tagging to do this (no one specific, like how I was tagged)

  • anybody who reads this and wears glasses
  • anybody who reads this and is bored
  • anybody who reads this and has a blog
  • anybody who reads this and is procrastinating like me