Bronze / 2019 / Fine Art / Collage


  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art/Collage
  • Photographer
    Eriko Kaniwa
  • Credit

We are currently in the process of the sixth mass extinction on Earth. According to research by academics and experts, more than 27,000 species are threatened with extinction, that is more than 27% of all assessed species. (*source : IUCN/Red list ). Although it is an old-fashioned saying , the earth is a truly miraculous planet in the universe, where such biological diversity exists. I must continue to create works of art with the vision of their aesthetic side, also with making them returning back to the nature once again, that express my respect and gratitude for animals.

Eriko Kaniwa is a fine art photographer based in Tokyo, and the creator of the Sensegraphia Fine Art Photography.

Sensegraphia is a conceptual redefinition of photography, in which the visual aesthetics of the photograph are used to develop and express a sense of nature that enables us to recognize that humans are a part of nature and that we are centrally involved, both consciously and subconsciously, in nature's dynamics.

Kaniwa spent a year and a half exploring the symbols of Japanese nature worship, which are exemplified in the “eight million gods” of Shinto, and reflecting on how ancient Japanese viewed natural scenery and symbolized it as an object of prayer. Traveling to over twenty locations throughout Japan, she used long-exposure photography to capture images of torii gates built in water, sacred “wedded rocks,” World Heritage sites, and other spiritual landscapes. She then used unique editing techniques to elevate the photographs to fine art pieces. These images are collected, together with text, in her book JOKEI: Symbols of Nature Worship, Sacred Places in Japan. The book was awarded internationally as the one of the best fine art photo book. Kaniwa is now currently engaged fully in creative work. 

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