Aluminum Studios is the website of William Milberry. This site has existed in one form or another since the year 2000 and gone through multiple renovations to reflect my evolving and maturing interests over the years. It’s the home for my artistic photography (including many works from Asia), writings about Japan, culture, and a even a little philosophy and science.
I have a formal university education in Computer Science and Japanese and spent a number of years working in academic computing at colleges and universities before following my dreams and moving to Japan. In Japan I taught English in Japanese public high schools and traveled extensively around western Japan and East Asia. My wife is a Japanese native that I met and married while living there and we eventually settled in the U.S.
I have a deep respect for many Japanese perspectives and concepts. One that influences me heavily in photography is wabisabi (佗寂) or the appreciation of the beauty found in natural simplicity and imperfection.
I’m also very interested in language. I studied Japanese while working for a university prior to moving to Japan and teaching English to Japanese students gave me great insight into my own and appreciation for all languages. With the 2017 renovation of this site I hope to bring some fascinating and useful Japanese language and translation information to this site.
I also have a love of photography that predates my time in Asia but that I explored to it’s fullest while there. I enjoy shooting black and white film with vintage TLR cameras as well as shooting digital. Prior to my time in Japan I was greatly inspired by American photographer Ansel Adams and through reading his books and studying his works learned all of the technicals. But then in Japan I became moved by the work of Moriyama Daido who is in a way the anti-Ansel Adams with his spontaneous unplanned shots and poor technical quality which makes you have to stare into a photo to see what it’s about. I came to realize that was his genius and that characteristic of requiring a moment of contemplation is something common in many aspects of Japanese art and culture.
Please browse my site and blog for a variety of interesting material, take a look at a few of my photos, and feel free to contact me if you’re interested in any of the same things and have any questions. You can also subscribe to my RSS feed.