When Japanese grandma Kimiko Nishimoto, 89, first began taking photography lessons, she thought she’d found an a fun new hobby. Now she’s got international fame and her very own art exhibit. And the rest of us have a heartwarming example of what can happen when we follow our passions.
Ms. Nishimoto’s career as a photographer started small. Back in 2002, her son was teaching a photography class for beginners and she signed up in support. But she quickly learned how much she enjoyed photography in its own right–especially selfies. Over time, she settled on a signature style: photos of herself in funny situations full of absurdity and slapstick humor.
The rest of the world fell in love with her selfies, too. She’s currently hosting her very own art exhibition titled “Asobokane,” which translates to “Let’s play.” (Asobokane can be seen at Tokyo’s Epson epsite imaging gallery from December 15th to January 18th, 2018.) You can check out some of her work below. Not only will her selfies give you a smile, they’ll also show you that it’s never too late to pursue what you love.