"For instance, I'd imagined the shrines of Kyoto to be the dreamy, sakura flower'd sanctuary from an anime I'd watched. And the train rides to be rickety and filled with unknown adventures. In my mind's eye, the Fuji San would be majestic and glowing even at night," she adds. "At the Great Ocean Road, I'd imagined the skies to meet the seas in a sweeping motion, and the rocks to take on a life of their own."
Samantha was also largely influenced by the works of writer Haruki Murakami, and tried to complement her photos with quotes from his books. "This led me to seek a meaning of his words through the double exposure technique... truly connecting one side of the moon to the other. Here's one of my favourite quotes from his books:
"We're both looking at the same moon, in the same world. We're connected to reality by the same line. All I have to do is quietly draw it towards me." ― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart