Achim was born in Germany, raised in the States, and is currently living in Japan. Due to this multicultural upbringing, he's an ecclectic mix of all three places. He started traveling at a young age (first with his family, later on his own), which helped foster his fascination with different places around the world. That fascination eventually grew into a full-grown passion for wanting to show the world around us and how precious this world is.
He is now a professional free-lance photographer working for travel agencies, magazines, and businesses, providing various kinds of photographic services both in Japan as well as internationally. Achim's journey into photography really started about 5 years ago when he found himself living in Japan and in need of a new camera. Through chance encounters, he managed to break into the Photography profession, and has been doing it ever since. Looking through the lens taught him to see the world around us in a new way and really appreciate all aspects of nature and people.
He also studied Psychology, has an M.A. in TESOL, and is a licensed Massage Practitioner.
Since late 2008, he started working on RAN Magazine and was one of the original co-founders of the Nagoya-based Magazine about life and all kinds of events in and around Nagoya. It has become the premier English-speaking Magazine in the area and continues to explore life and living in Nagoya, as well as taking an in-depth look at the many facets of Japanese culture.