Flying Eagle

PhotographerEriko Kaniwa
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryTokyo, Japan
Photo DateJan. 2016
Technical InfoNikon D810
Entry Description

Japanese mythology has an eagle god, appearing in the "Nihon Shoki" and "Kogo Shui" as "Amenohiwashi-no-kami". Our ancestors likely felt a special respect for large birds like eagles and hawks. Within today’s urban culture, there is little opportunity to directly experience this feeling of respect for wild eagles. The fletching on the arrows used in Shinto ceremony and Japanese archery offer a small glimpse, but the Hokkaido eagle in these images treated me to a show of many dignified poses. Constantly looking down on a vast swath of earth as they move across the sky, freely using their powerful ability to processing all that information, eagles exist in an entirely different dimension than humans. For Japan, the eagle is a symbol of the great power of nature that has existed since ancient times.

About Photographer

After graduating from university, Eriko Kaniwa worked as a producer at a major Tokyo television station before studying photography independently. In addition to exhibiting photographs in individual and group shows and continuing to work as a photographer, she has explored alternative education, cognitive science, depth psychology, and art communication.In 2013, she launched and carried out all photography, interviews, and setup for LUXUREARTH, a highly impactful web media project that made visible the philosophies of people working to create a more sustainable world. In 2014, she began developing a workshop program that applies the potential of photography to aesthetic education. She presented the program at domestic graduate schools, foreign-owned firms, international conferences, and think-tank-style business schools, and received positive feedback from over ninety percent of participants. Since 2016, she has refocused intensively on photography, Kaniwa is currently engaged fully in creative work.