Iku Kawachi is a graduate student in the University of Washington’s Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) program. He has been an avid amateur photographer for much of his life, focusing on commercial aviation and sky photography.

Iku was born in Tottori, Japan, but spent much of his youth in Torrance, California. He completed the IB Diploma Program at Osaka International School in Japan, and has divided his life between the United States and Japan roughly half-and-half to date.

Iku began seriously exploring photography when he was 13, shooting 747 Classics and A300s with his father’s Nikon F80 at nearby Osaka-Itami International Airport. The first camera he bought with his own money was an Olympus C-4100, and he shot on a combination of digital and 35mm slide (reversal) film for several years.

When he had saved enough money to invest in a Panasonic FZ30, he made the transition to shooting entirely in digital, and amassed thousands of photos at Osaka-Itami, Osaka-Kansai, and other airports in Japan and the States. Today, most of his photos are taken using a Pentax K-r.

Iku is well-versed in HTML and CSS and is attempting to further his knowledge of languages such as jQuery, PHP, and mySQL. He loves to write and is a native speaker of English and Japanese, with some conversational Spanish mixed in for good measure. He enjoys watching baseball and basketball, weight training, watching hour-long dramas on Netflix, hunting down cheap eateries in the University District, and getting by in life without knowing anything about cheese.

Iku currently resides in Seattle and can be reached via Twitter (@tech77jp), Instagram (@tech77jp), or LinkedIn.