Natural light is of course, a topic that we talk about here on SLR Lounge pretty often. It’s hard to beat the buttery softness of diffused Golden Hour light that paints the skies a breathtaking shade of goodness, a gift from nature.
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Japanese landscape photographer Takehito Miyatake‘s images, however, show a different side of natural light – not the subdued kind that photographers gravitate toward. Miyatake uses long exposure photography to capture the power of nature and its light show. From an erupting volcano, to firefly squid squirming on Japan’s beaches at night, Miyatake’s stunning work captures the “light of Japan,” not the typical blinding lights we tend to associate with their bustling city of industry.
Miyatake, who recently won the Grand Prize at the 2014 Nikkei National Geographic Photo Awards, is inspired by Waka, a classical form of Japanese poetry and the devastating 2011 earthquake and Tsunami, where nature unleashed her fury on the little country.
In an interview with TIME, Miyatake describes Waka as:
a poem to express the scope of nature [by] using limited words since its birth in the eighth century in Japan. The method has been working beautifully and precisely to express nature with sympathy. I believe Waka is very similar to nature photography. Waka poems describe not only fireflies but a broader sense of the environment, space and even beyond current existence to the world where past friends stay.
…a perfect way to integrate the juxtaposition of the fury of nature and its breathtaking beauty.
Miyatake is preparing to display his images at solo exhibition in Japan this month. You can see more of Miyatake’s work and find out more about him on his website.
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