Exhibition Dates: May 28 - June 7, 2014
Opening Reception with the Artist:
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Takaehito Miyatake's work follows the rich tradition of Japanese naturalist art and visually celebrates the connections between land, water, and sky. His works frame of what he calls the "Light of Japan," and inner almost spiritual beauty of the natural world emanates from his works. He began photographing in the years he worked with a steel machine company Noritz located along the Kii Peninsula. He worked in those years with a 4x5 camera and it was in the inlets of Kii on the island of Honshu that Miyatake first fell into his process of making. He has become best known for his work of the Sakurajima volcano, one of the world's most active; the searing light of the lava, its power, and energy fascinated him.
One look at the works and we see what Miyatake means by the Light of Japan. In his images a magical energy glows from cascading waterfalls, bubbles and explodes from volcanoes, floats on the air on the wings of insects or flows in the ocean current on jellyfish tentacles. Nothing short of spectacular, these moments reveal a living breathing world, a world that seems super-charged and new. They stir a sense of wonder and inspire us to see everything with fresh eyes.
Nikkei is the National Geographic affiliate in Japan, and this is the second annual Nikkei contest. Miyatake's work was awarded first prize for 2014. The artist was born in Osaka, Japan in 1966. He graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University and has been greatly influenced by legendary Japanese landscape photographer Yoshikazu Shirakawa. His work has been exhibited throughout Japan, and published in five photo books.
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Image information: Takehito Miyatake, Taisho Lava, Stars, and Volcanic Eruption from Armura Village, Sakuraijma, Japan, 2013
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.
About this image: The Showa craters is the most active volcano in Sakurajima, and cannot usally be seen unless some of the cinders soar to great heights. This eruption was so large that it set a record in atmospheric vibration.