Why our ancestors created iconic statue in any religion? As for me, it is Nature itself, the power of nature. I abandoned any image of religious image in myself, and tried to create my own icon as my awe for nature. I chose a sunset sky photograph at ocean front because it made me feel fire from the sun, water from the ocean. and the air from sea breeze. It was surprising to see they were going to be the old religious images, especially as like Japanese Buddhism on the process. I maybe tried to create a new icon crystalized essence of nature to feel not "Human and Nature" but Human is a part of Nature once again. All images were created from the one image,the sunset.
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.