In trying to keep up with the rapid changes that computer technology has brought to my profession, I found myself doing many kinds of tasks not originally related to travel journalism. So much so that today reporting is but one aspect of my work.

Most of the content in this web-portfolio is from published material I created by myself. Yet, they are also samples of the services I provide. Those services can compete with larger agencies, but are naturally more personalized and affordable.
With Manuel Bruges, you deal with one individual, the one who is actually producing your material, and one who highly values each client. For those valued customers, I promise the kind of quality and efficiency that only a personal touch can give.

Based in Japan for the past 23 years, I understand what it takes to capture the Japanese market attention and interest.
If you require my work in any of its various forms, please do not hesitate to contact Manuel Bruges.

In trying to keep up with the rapid changes that computer technology has brought to my profession, I found myself doing many kinds of tasks not originally related to travel journalism. So much so that today reporting is but one aspect of my work.

Most of the content in this web-portfolio is from published material I created by myself. Yet, they are also samples of the services I provide. Those services can compete with larger agencies, but are naturally more personalized and affordable.
With Manuel Bruges, you deal with one individual, the one who is actually producing your material, and one who highly values each client. For those valued customers, I promise the kind of quality and efficiency that only a personal touch can give.

Based in Japan for the past 23 years, I understand what it takes to capture the Japanese market attention and interest.
If you require my work in any of its various forms, please do not hesitate to contact Manuel Bruges.

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  • What I do?

    This website, as well as all its content, was created by myself alone, using, mostly, my published material.
    I write for print and the web, create and treat images, construct and design websites as well as produce and manage email marketing campaigns.
    Recently, I've been asked to give classes, which I currently added to the services I offer.
    If something interests you, please don't hesitate in contacting me.

  • Why I do so many things? Enter description here.

    I do not do many things.
    I am a freelancer doing my best not to source out any of my professional responsibilities. Therefore, I deliver complete services because it fits my independent personality.
    In my classes, I teach exactly that, the different tasks every freelance has to master. A survival kit for those who want to succeed but do not wish to source out part of their professional responsibilities.

  • Am I good at the things I do? Enter description here.

    You should be the judge of that.
    I have been doing editorial work for 25 years and the web for about 15. Most of the content you find on this web portfolio is from work I published, which means that some business consider me valuable. Nevertheless, please surf this web-portfolio once again and carefully examine its content to better judge my worth.

  • Am I reliable? Enter description here.

    I have long-term relationships with most of my clients, some of them extending more than 20 years. This is perhaps the best sign of my reliability.
    I work with both, businesses and individuals. Below you can find a list of some of the companies and publications I worked with.

  • What is your teaching method? Enter description here.

    My method of teaching is the same I use for learning.
    I enquire into the artistic and technical aspects of works I admire before attempting to reproduce similar versions. Only after those skills become natural, and I matured by the experience, do I struggle to find my own and original expression.

  • What are your credentials as a teacher? Enter description here.

    I have no credentials, what I got is what you see on this web-portfolio. Nevertheless, my writing is used by various universities and publishing companies.
    My photographs are regularly printed on magazines and books in diverse countries, and my web content is an asset to many business and individuals.

  • Am I an artist or possess unique talents? Enter description here.

    No. I am a very regular Joe with no special talents or attributes. All I got is curiosity and a strong desire to improve.
    I was 'lucky' to start my career with well accomplished and successful tutors. They taught me that success is different for everyone. However, it only comes after hard work and dedication.

  • What the newspaperman says about me? Enter description here.

    I like to take pictures and only because of that I am patient when someone wants to take mine.
    I tend to avoid the limelight and consequently, do what I can to stay out of public view. Nevertheless, occasionally someone writes about me.
    This feature was simultaneously published in both versions; newspaper and the web, of the Japan Times.
    If you are interested, please follow the link to see the web version - The Japan Times.

Some fo the companies and publications I worked for

Classes - The Creative Professional

I've been working as a freelance Creative Professional for more than two decades and am indebted to the wonderful profession I chose to toil.
I do not believe that one profession is better than the next, but travel journalism in particular fitted my personality and for that reason, I am grateful for what has given me.
Of course, it was not all roses, but my profession took me around the world and taught me numerous things I otherwise would have missed. Above all, it helped me to get out of my comfort and lazy zone to accommodate the thoughts and views of the people I was trying to understand and report. Along the way, I polished the self and became a better and more flexible person.

Gradually, I feel the time has come for me to slow down and share some of the experience I gained from years on the road as a freelance Creative Professional. For that reason, I accepted the challenge to give classes and attend to private tutoring requests.
I still carry on with my other professional duties; please check the Manuel Bruges Words, Manuel Bruges Photography and Manuel Bruges Web Pages. However, now I added classes to the list of things I do, you can find more information on the Manuel Bruges Classes Page.

Some readers might be surprised and even confused by the amount of services I provide and teach. Yet, all those services are the necessary tasks the freelance Creative Professional has to master if they do not want to out-source most of their professional responsibilities. Therefore, as a freelance Creative Professional, I regard these tasks as an integral part of my profession and not as a separate and optional field of work.

If something interests you, or if you have questions about anything on this web-portfolio, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me using the Manuel Bruges Contact Page of this web-portfolio.
I've been working as a freelance Creative Professional for more than two decades and am indebted to the wonderful profession I chose to toil.
I do not believe that one profession is better than the next, but travel journalism in particular fitted my personality and for that reason, I am grateful for what has given me.
Of course, it was not all roses, but my profession took me around the world and taught me numerous things I otherwise would have missed. Above all, it helped me to get out of my comfort and lazy zone to accommodate the thoughts and views of the people I was trying to understand and report. Along the way, I polished the self and became a better and more flexible person.

Gradually, I feel the time has come for me to slow down and share some of the experience I gained from years on the road as a freelance Creative Professional. For that reason, I accepted the challenge to give classes and attend to private tutoring requests.
I still carry on with my other professional duties; please check the Manuel Bruges Words, Manuel Bruges Photography and Manuel Bruges Web Pages. However, now I added classes to the list of things I do, you can find more information on the Manuel Bruges Classes Page.

Some readers might be surprised and even confused by the amount of services I provide and teach. Yet, all those services are the necessary tasks the freelance Creative Professional has to master if they do not want to out-source most of their professional responsibilities. Therefore, as a freelance Creative Professional, I regard these tasks as an integral part of my profession and not as a separate and optional field of work.

If something interests you, or if you have questions about anything on this web-portfolio, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me using the Manuel Bruges Contact Page of this web-portfolio.
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In my Creative Professional classes, I do my best to make sure the future freelancer has a realistic perception of himself.
One thing is to be passionate and seriously practice a hobby. The other, and entirely different, is to build a life with it.
I find important to empower the future freelance Creative Professional with an honest perception of reality because this aspect is critical and without it, the freelancer wastes precious time, effort, and money, trying to get jobs that are way above or below his league.
Life might be formed by the choices make, and we should not be afraid to choose. However, those who are well-prepared and have a thoroughly and clear understanding of their capabilities and talents have a better chance of traveling through life in a smoother and more enjoyable manner.