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PROFILE

Takeshi Fukazawa

Takeshi Fukazawa

Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1974, Fukazawa graduated from Faculty of Engineering of Tokyo University of Science. During his university days, he began hiking in mountains and taking landscape photographs. Today, he mainly takes photographs in the Shinshu region, including Mount Shirouma of the Northern Alps, but has been expanding his scope to the southern seas in such areas as the Yaeyama islands in Okinawa. He is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society.

Official website
http://www.ac.auone-net.jp/~tf-photo/

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The Radiance of Life: Iriomote Island

  • Daybreak

    Daybreak

  • Bruguiera Gymnorrhiza Forest

    Bruguiera Gymnorrhiza Forest

  • Barringtonia Plant Blooming at Dusk

    Barringtonia Plant Blooming at Dusk

  • Mating of the Tree Nymph Butterflies

    Mating of the Tree Nymph Butterflies

  • Limestone Cave

    Limestone Cave

MESSAGE

Subtropical forests spread across Iriomote Island. Starting with the Iriomote Cat and the Crested Serpent Eagle, which exist at the top of its ecosystem, the lives of a wide variety of flora and fauna are nurtured by this island. As I observe their earnest efforts to live, I realize that even the smallest lives are an indispensible and precious presence. If something is taken away, or if anything foreign is to be added, this would throw the entire ecosystem into chaos. For this photo shoot, I targeted the moments in which living organisms expressed their radiance, such as the mating of the Tree Nymph butterfly, the blossoming of the Barringtonia plant, a mangrove forest with the tide starting to flow, and luxuriant foliage of a dense subtropical forest seen from a limestone cave. A single living creature cannot exist on its own, as its life is supported by the entire ecosystem. After mating, the Tree Nymph butterfly lays its eggs on Parsonsia laevigata leaves. By eating these leaves, the Tree Nymph caterpillar absorbs poison within its body so that, once it transforms into a butterfly, it is able to gracefully flutter about without worrying about being eaten by predators. The Barringtonia plant, which blossoms at night and loses its petals the next morning, uses a powerful scent to attract insects that will carry its pollen. Mangrove varieties such as the Bruguiera gymnorrhiza that grow in brackish water utilize the tides' ebb and flow to carry their seeds to far away places in order to expand their habitats. Observing such living things, I could not help but develop a sense of wonder about how ingeniously they are crafted in order to adapt to the environment. And I want to make sure that we humans do not forget that we also are a member of this Earth's ecosystem.

Feedback on having used 18-270mm (Model B008)

During this shoot, I photographed everything from the majestic sunrise glow to small subjects like flowers and butterflies. In the process, I recognized the merit of an 18-270 mm lens, which is that it can, by itself, flexibly photograph wide-angle to telephoto, as well as macro. As the imaging performance is fully sufficient for landscape photography, I invite viewers to enjoy the large prints I will be putting on display.

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