I shoot to have fun, to keep learning new things, to discover places I would never even think of going to if it wasn’t for the sake of photography.


I started making photos as a way to motivate myself to get out of the house. Now I do it because it allows me to experience the universe in a thoughtful and romantic way.


It’s a way to communicate with others and I take pleasure when my pictures deliver emotions. There’s no more powerful motivation than creating joy.


I take photos to tell futuristic stories with a little, or a lot, of nostalgia.

Our Mission

At EYExplore our goal is to take you on an authentic Photo Adventure into the heart of the city—big or small. We aim to coach and support photographers of all levels through our hands-on teaching method, as we believe that the best way to learn photography is in the field, led by a friendly, homegrown photo guide.

Let’s Have Fun!

We believe that learning and exploration should be fun, above all!


Our guides don't fly in from overseas once a year — everyone on our team has years of experience photographing in the cities in which we operate our Photo Adventures.

Always Curious

We always want to know what’s around the next corner — to learn and explore we must be curious first!

Hands-On Coaching

We are not here to take photos ourselves — we teach and coach you through our involved and hands-on teaching method, so that you can create wonderful photographs!

Once upon a time...

Axel Deroubaix started out in Japan in 2008 as a guide at a variety of conventional travel companies. After a few years he became disillusioned with the tourism industry’s focus on a narrow and cliche view of Japan. There is a big discrepancy between how Japan is marketed to travelers and what Japan really is. Through photography Axel could better express the true nature of Japan to his customers. This was the inspiration for EYExplore.

In 2014 Axel was joined by Lukasz Palka, a street photographer based in Tokyo. Lukasz also started out in Japan in 2008 and since then has used photography as a means to delve deeper into the Japanese way of life and explore the metropolis of Tokyo. Lukasz is driven by a curiosity about the urban expanse and its inhabitants.

Together they founded EYExplore. The company’s goal is to challenge the conventional view of what it means to photograph the city. We believe first and foremost that photography should be fun! We do take photography seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We resent the elitist idea that photography must be difficult. We urge our customers to explore their boundaries and go beyond the cliche photograph… and we are here to help.

Challenge your EYE!

EYExplore HQ