Chandler Collins

Mt. Fuji (3,776m)

Mt. Fuji (3,776m)

 
 

Hi there, I'm Chandler...

While there are many labels I can use to define myself (college student, native Alabamian, lover of office stationery), there is one term that most accurately captures who I am - storyteller. From photographing incredibly historic moments taking place in Charlottesville as a photographer for the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Daily to documenting my grandmother’s battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, I have a compulsion to use images to craft narratives in every place that I call home.\

The current story I’m working to tell is one of national pride, incredible self-sacrifice, and perseverance through tremendous pain for the good of one’s chosen family. I’d like to explore these classic narratives through the lens of long-distance running. I hope to show how Japan first came to embrace running as well as how ekiden and distance running are reflections of larger values within Japanese society. So far, I’ve worked to uncover this story and find the narratives that are worth exploring. Stay tuned as I dive deeper into the world of running and various other microfilms of our adventures in Japan