Jokei- Nature worship, Sacred places in Japan

PhotographerEriko Kaniwa
Prize1st Place in Book(self-published) / Fine Art
City/CountryTokyo, Japan
Photo DateAll through the year 2016
Technical InfoMainly Nikon D810
Entry Description

In Buddhism, Jodo, or “Pure Lands”, refer to the sacred realms inhabited by a buddha. The title of this photo book, Jokei, (meaning “Pure Scenes”) refers to this concept.Through this, I hope to continue an experiment in visual analogy to capture how, in an era without modern technology or precise computing, our ancestors perceived the vast natural world and how they intuited, understood, and gave expression to nature’s formative energies to communicate with it, as well as uncover what kind of world it is that we are living in now, at this moment.

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