Haneda Airport, officially known as Tokyo International Airport and located in Ōta, Tokyo, is one of the two primary airports that serve the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan.
While one might think that many of your photos including the above were taken at dystopian movie sets of "Prometheus", "Minority Report" or the remake of "Total Recall", they in fact show Haneda’s Terminal 2 designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli architects which was opened to the public in 2004.
Olivia Bee may be young, but her work has been sought after by some of the world’s most iconic brands.
“I’ve worked for Converse, Nike, Subaru, The New York Times,” the 18-year-old professional photographer from Portland, Oregon, tells The Weekly Flickr. “I did a really big feature for Hermès this summer, which was really amazing to be trusted so much by such an iconic brand.”
When Olivia snaps her camera, she has one ambition: “I want to evoke nostalgia in everyone,” she says.
Coming from someone with less than two decades of life experience, that may sound a bit sophomoric. But just take a look at her photos and her resume.
“I am really inspired by daily life and the beauty that that can hold: like the way someone holds their pencil or the way someone smiles at their best friend or the way someone walks down the street,” she explains. “I am very influenced by the ’60s and ’70s, and also the styling from the ’70s really influences the way I put colors together, but I think that you can see that I shoot through a young lens.”
She got her start in photography by accident while in middle school at just 11 years of age.
“I wanted to be in video production, but they gave me photography,” Olivia explains. “It was kind of like the best mistake that could have been made by my school counselor, because I just, like, fell in love with this art.”
But her love for the medium did not come immediately.
At first, “I was really frustrated with it,” she says. “But then, slowly I became less and less frustrated and more determined to make really nice photos.”
Shortly thereafter, she began to post her images to Flickr. “I just really liked to show the world what I was seeing,” Olivia says.
“I was a freshman in high school when Converse approached me. Their ad agency kept sending me Flickr messages, and I just kept ignoring it,” she says, explaining that she thought the messages were spam. “And so finally, Converse emailed me directly and was like ‘Hey, this is Converse, we wanna shoot with you’ and I was like ‘Whoa, I know about Converse.’”
Before she knew it, they invited her on set for a photo shoot. Olivia was just 15 years old at the time.
“I was so scared,” she recollects. “But by the end of the day, I was like, ‘You can do this for a living?! Sign me up!’”
“Being so young and working in the fashion industry is really great,” she says. “I get to work with a lot of amazing brands, a lot of amazing people, but it is also hard because when I am hired for a job or I am working on my own photo, I give it 100%, sometimes 500%.”
Olivia works roughly 80 hours a week and gets really involved in all her work. She likes to do all her own styling, color correcting, editing, casting, and set design. She is also very often her own muse.
Despite the long hours and tireless effort she puts forth, she loves what she does.
“I love photography because it is a way for me to really to show my life to myself and be like ‘look at all this amazing stuff you’ve experienced,’” she explains. ”It really makes me think that my life has been totally worth living and really helps me appreciate every single day.”
Her advice to photographers who are just starting out: “Don’t focus on success, that will really do you wrong. Success in terms of money and fame — that won’t mean anything. You should focus on success in terms of what you love and what makes you happy.”
We need your help! March is Women’s History Month, and The Weekly Flickr wants to celebrate the women who have changed your life. Before February 28, please add photos of her in The Weekly Flickr group and include a brief description about how she impacted your world for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode.
Let’s celebrate the day with romantic photos full of love and emotion!
As The Beatles once sang, "Love is all you need", and while it is important to share these feelings with our loved ones throughout the year, Valentine’s Day has become the opportunity for us to do something special for the people that matter to us. Share your feelings and let them know! A little gesture goes a long way, and it can really brighten someone’s day.
The moment between day and night beams filtered sunlight across the sky and landscapes in these glorious scenes, capturing tinges of hot pinks, lavenders, and purples that sunrises and sunsets have to offer.
All around the world, Valentine’s Day is a popular celebration of your loved ones. It’s not just an opportunity to say "I love you" to your very special one, but also to show gratitude and affection towards others – your secret crush, your best friend, your family, your co-worker, or your next door neighbor – the many people which make a difference in your life.
We would like to celebrate the occasion with you and give you the opportunity to have us send your Valetine’s message through Flickr.
How does it work? Take a photo of your letter, card, message today or throughout the day tomorrow and tag it "BeMyFlickrValentine". We will feature a selection on FlickrBlog tomorrow, and if you also add your photo to our companion group Be My Flickr Valentine, you may see your photo on our Facebook or Twitter page where we plan to feature some of your contributions throughout the day.
We hope you enjoy the project. If you have any feedback or questions, come see us in the group discussions.
Parades before Lent fill February every year, and many of you shared your photos from the festivities that feature outlandish pageantry and celebrations in South America, Europe, and the U.S. Here’s a little peek at the slew of enthusiastic crowds, floats, and costumes in 2013.
Last Friday we asked you for submissions interpreting the theme 9 to celebrate Flickr’s 9th birthday.
These are some of our favorite contributions, and there are many more that you can enjoy in the Flickr Friday group. Thanks for your great contributions, and stay tuned for the next theme announcement on Friday.
Farewell, Year of the Dragon. According to the Chinese zodiac, today marks the beginning of the Year of the Snake. Festivities across Asia and Chinatowns in big cities around the world celebrate with grand decorations, dragon dances, and parades. These photos are a glimpse of early festivities located in: Guangzhou, China | Singapore | Honolulu, Hawaii
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