#WhyCV Photo Spotlight: Sam Okamoto
“When clouds cover the sky after sunrise it creates a very different atmosphere, sunlight color is so brilliant and beautiful. I just cannot stay home when the mountain range has such a gorgeous silhouette and is calling me.”
Each month, in 2020, we highlighted a local photographer whose views of Carson Valley, and beyond, expand the way we look at everyday things around us. We couldn’t just stop in 2021. Each photographer shows the patience to capture the perfect shot, or their unique view of the everyday that transports us for just a moment, into another time and place.
To say that Sam Okamoto has lived a varied life could be a great understatement. After a French cuisine apprenticeship at the Imperial Hotel in Hakata, Japan, off he went to Quebec, Canada to spread his culinary wings. Between opening restaurants in Canada, Washington and California, he also managed to write the book ‘Sam Okamoto’s Incredible Vegetables’ published by Pelican Publications. Not to mention he lent his vegan expertise to the tofu burger and wiener industry.
Since retiring, Sam has developed a passion for traveling around the globe, getting out in nature photographing storms, and is learning watercolor painting. His pen and ink watercolor pictures of scenes in Japan, and horses and cowboys are jaw dropping.
Scroll through his gallery of images below, to get a sense of the world through his eyes, what he sees behind the camera, and the story behind the photographs. Be sure to check out Sam’s Facebook page to keep abreast of what he’s up to, and follow along on his travels at his website.