The Mystical and Poetic Japanese Landscape
Photographer Takehito Miyatake believes that nature photography is similar to Japanese poetry, or Waka, as both are capable of expressing the scope and possibilities of nature by showing how singular moments can lead to profound reflections. … — by David Rosenberg
Bridge Over the Shimanto River, Japan, 2013. Built and designed to accommodate the contingencies of nature, this small, low bridge is located over the Shimanto River, known as the last crystal clear river in Japan. In the early summer twilight, genji botaru fireflies fly exuberantly over the river surface. With paddy fields along the river, the sight represents an image of a countryside where people and nature coexist.
Fishing Rafts on the Quit Inland Sea at Full Moon, Uchino-umi, Japan, 2013. The Naruto strait is known for its fierce, whirling waves, but there is a quiet inland sea called Uchino-umi just nearby. Scores of fishing rafts were highlighted by the light from the full moon.
Eruption on Showa Crater in the Midst of Volcanic Lightning, Sakurajima, Japan, 2013. A light snow was falling intermittently on a winter night when I saw numerous blue strips of lightning flash as if to interweave with the scarlet flames. I was entranced by the performance of primary colors that evoked thoughts of the creation of Earth.
Beached Firefly Squid Light Up the Japanese Coast, Japan, 2013. The hotaru ika, or firefly squid, lives 2,000 feet below the water. In spring, they come up near the surface to spawn, and some of them even wash up on the beaches. A school of squid glowing like jewels looks like a blue band trimming the water’s edge.
Taisho Lava, Stars, and Volcanic Eruption From Arimura Village, Sakurajima, Japan, 2013. The Showa crater, the most active volcano in Sakurajima, cannot usually be seen from Arimura Village unless some of the cinders soar really high. Yet, this eruption was big enough to set an observed record-high atmospheric vibration, as recorded by the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory. In this great universe, the Earth is one member of the celestial body that is alive, active, and growing.
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“I try to shoot phenomena, the wonders of the natural world that we don’t always get to witness,” he said. “I do not try to photograph simple and familiar scenes of nature.”
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