Janet Mami Takayama

Since childhood, I’ve been into visual arts, and enjoyed oil painting and watercolor painting.

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and I started traveling all over the world, mostly by myself, as a backpacker at 18. I believe that the viewing life’s vistas through the lens of the different cultures and peoples of my travels; coupled with the visual textures and colors of my youth are the foundation of my photography work.

In 2003, I moved to Chicago, and started photographing the city’s dynamic and exciting streetscapes, landscapes, seasons, food…etc.

Chicago is also a city of rhythm, of beat and the blues. The music drew me in, and starting with Chicago Blues Festival, I found myself interested in capturing the visual story that musicians could tell.

I’ve worked with Alligator Records, Blues & Soul Records (a Japanese Blues magazine), and other Blues adjacent media. Now a freelance photographer, I click on what captures me at the various music festivals and venues around Chicago almost every day.

— Janet Mami Takayama

 

LINKS

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PHOTOS

Bettye LaVette

City Winery, Chicago, Illinois 2018 © Janet Mami Takayama

 

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, Illinois 2018 © Janet Mami Takayama

Joanne Shaw Taylor is from Britain and grew up listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.  I always look forward to photograph her exciting and dynamic performances.

Melody Angel

Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, Illinois 2018 © Janet Mami Takayama

Chicago’s own Melody Angel, you can say, is a female version of Jimi Hendrix. She totally rocks. I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for her.

 

Mindy Abair

City Winery, Chicago, Illinois 2018 © Janet Mami Takayama