was born in Otaru, Japan in 1950. As a young child he moved with his family to the US and subsequently lived in many places. from Hawaii to New Hampshire, and again in Japan, until his father retired from the military. Throughout his childhood, Ryuijie showed a serious inclination to the arts. This interest began to materialize during his own military service. While stationed in Guam, Ryuijie learned underwater photography while pursuing his long time interest in scuba diving. After his tour, he came back to the Monterey Peninsula where he attended college and began a successful career in lithography. It was in Monterey that an exhibit of Jerry Uelsmann's photographs inspired him and propelled him into the practice of fine art black and white photography. Ryuijie has steadfastly pursued his own photographic vision for over thirty years, and has acquired a reputation for his exquisite platinum/palladium prints, in addition to his traditional black and white work. An exceptionally prolific artist, Ryuijie's career has been highlighted by a multitude of exhibitions. His work has appeared in View Camera, Photovision, Camera and Darkroom, Black & White, Lenswork, and Focus magazines. He has published three books Ryuijie: Photographs, Time and Place, and Fragments of Time, along with smaller catalogs. His first portfolio Ryuijie: Ten Photographs was published in 1990 and his second portfolio Ryuijie: Portfolio Two Platinum/Palladium was published in 2002. Ryuijie's currently work involves large split toned black and white prints of frozen botanicals, and his third portfolio, P-Square a selection of square photographs taken with a 2 1/4 Rollei camera. In October 2005 Ryuijie returned to his first love the landscape, and the abstraction, creating panoramic visions of the natural world.
was born in 1981 in Oakland, California. At age fifteen, she was introduced to Luc Besson's film "le Grand Bleu." Having fallen in love with the sea, she was drawn to the Monterey Peninsula for its underwater community. She made her move to the peninsula to attend California State University at Monterey Bay in 1999. Here she studied both alternative processing and film production. She later had the opportunity to work with local photographer Ryuijie, with many of his projects in platinum. In the Fall of 2005 Camille came across Scott Campbell's body of work "On one Breath." It was at this time that she was re-inspired to photograph the sea. The concept for Kanchi would later manifest after over 60 logged freedives and countless images. From this point on, a photographic collaboration with Ryuijie was clearly underway. Having the privilege of learning from a few of the underwater community's most talented photographers and cinematographers, Camille continues to reside in Monterey, developing her personal work and discovering new images in her "quiet place."