/ 2020 / Book / Fine Art

Texture of Absurdity

  • Prize
    Silver in Book/Other, Silver in Book/Fine Art
  • Photographer
    Eriko Kaniwa
  • Credit
    Eriko Kaniwa

There is no answer to how to live.
For us humans with our meager allotment of intelligence, this is perhaps the greatest absurdity of all. The joy of awakening condenses drop by drop in the twists and folds of an endless loop.
Absurdity is the child of order and chaos. It the evidence that something has been born.The abstract made manifest through me might be small bugs spit out by absurdity.Like bugs, there is a reason for absurdity's existence on this planet.

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. 

Website : http://sensegraphia.jp

Awards [2021]

- SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS / National & Regional Awards (JAPAN)
Short Listed

- FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2020-2021
Nominees

[2020]

- LONDON INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE COMPETITION 2020
FINALIST - Official Selection

- INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
2nd place /Digitally Enhanced

- Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris
Silver prize in Book/ Fine Art category
Honorable Mention

- FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Nominees

[2019]

- THE PHOTOGRAPHY GALA AWARDS / 13th POLLUX AWARDS
OVERALL WINNER
Honorable Mention in Fine Art

- INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Honorable Mention in Digitally enhanced / Fine Art

- THE PRIX DE LA PHOTOHGRAPHIE PARIS
Bronze in Fine Art / Collage category
Honorable Mention in Fine Art

- FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 5th.
Nominees

[2018]

- THE PHOTOGRAPHY GALA AWARDS / 12th POLLUX AWARDS
WINNER / Digital Manipulation & Collage
Honorable Mention

- INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
3rd. place: Digitally Enhanced

- THE PRIX DE LA PHOTOHGRAPHIE PARIS
Honorable Mention

- ROYAL ARTS PRIZE V EDITION
Shortlisted and WINNER

- SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
COMMENDED PHOTOGRAPHER

[2017]

- TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS 2017
1st place in Book Category & Gold Award in Fine Art of Book Category

- NEUTRAL DENSITY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017
Discovery of The Year ( Grand Prix. of Non professional )
Fine Art Discovery of The Year
1st place, Gold star awarded in Fine Art

- SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017-2018
COMMENDED PHOTOGRAPHER

- INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017
1st. place & 2nd place & 3rd place
Honorable Mention

- FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017
1st. place & 2nd place
Nominees

- MONOCHROME AWARDS 2017
Honorable Mention

[2016]

- SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2016-2017
COMMENDED PHOTOGRAPHER

- NEUTRAL DENSITY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2016
Honorable Mention

- MONOCHROME AWARDS 2016
Honorable Mention