Born in the Year of the Dragon, Ben Simmons grew up in Columbus, Georgia. He studied photography and psychology at university in upper New York State, then completed a Master of Fine Arts in photography and art history at the University of Florida. Simmons taught photography at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina before traveling to Japan in search of adventure. His current base for Ben Simmons Photography Inc. is a traditional seacoast retreat, Momo-an Studio, perched on a hill of peachtrees and bamboo above Sagami Bay south of Tokyo. Ben travels throughout Asia, America, Europe, and the Pacific specializing in graphic color images for photo features, books, and original prints. Recent projects include setting up a second studio, Cosmos House, in a former fisherman?s residence on the Miura Peninsula coast, and restoring Conley Ridge Cabin, a 100-year-old homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains adjoining Penland School. Like the ongoing renovation process at Momo-an, these collaborations with fine craftsmen inspire both imagination and imagery. He has worked as a photographer covering such diverse areas as Tahiti, Siberia, easter Island, Japan and Vietnam and for leading publications such as Time, Newsweek, National Geographic and the New York Times. Refer www.bensimmonsphoto.com.