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

Self taught photographic fine artist. Eriko Kaniwa is an international award winning 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