/ 2015 / Nature / Wildlife

Crows Nest

After receiving a report from a citizen who had been attacked on
the street by a crow watching over its nest, employees of
Tokyo's municipal government moved the nest to a storage
warehouse. I heard a strange story that the nest was made with
things like clothes hangers, so I went to investigate. Luckily, I
was able to find the warehouse. The only way to tell that it was a
nest was the egg resting in the center. The municipal workers
who cleared the nest explained that "the crow borrowed metal
hangers a little at a time from apartment balconies, and
skillfully formed the base structure with its beak. It used just
about anything, including twine and vinyl fibers." The completed
nest resembles a modern work of recycled art. From the day on,
I started to be drawn to the trees of the city.

Yosuke Kashiwakura (b. 1978, currently living in Japan.) . He was awarded National Geographic Photo Contest/Nature Category-Honorable Mention, Px3 Paris Photography Prize/Nature Wildlife 1st Place Winner, Px3 Paris Photography Prize/Nature Earth 1st Place Winner, Monochrome Photography Awards/1st Place Winner - Landscape Photographer of the Year, People 3rd Place Winner, LensCulture Earth Awards 2015/Single Image Category 2nd Place, Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards, International Photography Awards. His work went on to be displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, COP21–PARIS 2015 Photography Exhibition. His photographs depict natural scenery, the confrontation between human and nature, and environmental problems. He is active in a wide variety of media, including magazines, various publications, and advertisements.

Awards Works illustrate the relationship between human society and animals, such as his photograph of a crow's nest constructed from wire hangers in Tokyo, which was exhibited among other environmentally themed works at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). Other works include a series documenting the rehabilitation of orangutans living in an area where civilization and the wild are at odds. He recently accompanied the adventurer Yasunaga Ogita and a group of young people on their 600 km Arctic expedition, documenting the trip on film. Photos from this trip were later published by media outlets including National Geographic and NHK. His work covers a broad range of topics, including natural landscapes, confrontations between humans and the environment, and environmental conservation. They have been exhibited at locations such as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the C40 Mayors Summit; and have appeared in domestic and international publications including Deutsches Museum, the Natural History Museum in London, and LensCulture magazine. Notable awards include: Monochrome Photography Awards - Landscape Photographer of the Year Paris Photography Prize, PX3 - 1st place winner in both Nature/Wildlife and Nature/Earth categories LensCulture Earth Awards - Single Image Category, 2nd place National Geographic Photo Contest - Nature Category.