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Sony Imaging Gallery celebrates our fifth anniversary during July 2019 with two one-week shows, featuring a total of eight up-and-coming photographers who have previously shown their work here. We invite all photography lovers to join us in looking toward the future evolution and diversity of photography.
Living in Tokyo, 1980 Born in Saitama, 2002 Graduated from Rikkyo University, Faculty of Law
The island of Mikurashima is an outlying part of Tokyo. Living around the island is a pod of about 150 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. Words like “cute” or “peaceable” are not enough to describe these creatures who manage to live in the harsh environment of the ocean. You may think they are approaching you in friendship, and then they menacingly bare their sharp teeth. After bearing and rearing a calf, a dolphin resumes the offense and defense of the next life cycle. These photos reveal a small portion of the dolphin life that can hardly be seen in aquariums.
Came to Tokyo to become a dolphin trainer having been captivated by the dolphins she saw at an aquarium as a young child, but became drawn to cetaceans after swimming with dolphins in the wild as a volunteer in a study off Mikura Island in 2002. After graduating from a vocational school, moved to Mikura Island in 2004 and began practicing underwater photography on her own, while working as a guide on dolphin swim tours. Currently, continues to photograph dolphins and whales in the wild, working out of Aichi Prefecture. Provides her photos to TV programs, magazines and other media in Japan and abroad. Released her “Dear Dolphin: In the Water with Dolphins” photo collection in 2017.
Mahorama means a “peaceful and wonderful place” in the language used in the Yamato area of early Japan - a kind of utopia.
When I was in elementary school, I went by myself to visit my grandmother in Nara during summer break one time. I recall setting out on the more than 3-hour trip constantly checking the timetable of train connections my mother had written down for me on a piece of paper.
It was a special holiday where everything I saw seemed fresh and adventure filled the air.
Traveling brings out all sorts of feelings in me.
The longing for my family far away,
bursts of excitement at seeing something beautiful,
thoughts of those I’ll never see again,
warmth that grips my heart.
...I’m still searching for my mahorama.
Born in Hyogo Prefecture. Produces and acts in theater and independent films. Got into photography after becoming interested in an SLR camera she saw on location. In 2017, graduated from the PHaT PHOTO School. Currently active as a commercial, artistic and portrait photographer and travel writer.
Light railways have played a vital role throughout the history of India’s railroads. Built to close the gaps between the standard gauge networks, these narrower gauge tracks have been lifelines for remote villages and hard-to-reach areas. The cars, which are far smaller than what runs on the main lines, are full of all sorts of people, which, at times, have to ride on the roof. Today, faded and worn by time, India is slowly laying its light railways to rest, as the country is transforming greatly alongside its rapidly growing economy. Lines are being decommissioned and upgraded to standard gauge in a wave of standardization that is swiftly rolling through the once colorful mixture of diverse elements that characterized the country’s railroads. But, railways are not the only thing changing in India, as lifestyles are gradually changing as well. A super-competitive society, suicide, religious conflict. Just during the time I was there, armed clashes with neighboring countries rocked the news for days on end. Sadly, today, you cannot speak of India solely in terms of its laid-back atmosphere and diversified values. In any case, even if the quaint railroad landscape is lost, I hope that the open-heartedness and warmth that personifies these light railways are here to stay. All I wish for is that the people I encountered by chance during my travels through India can live a peaceful life.
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1997. Now attending the Department of Architecture at Waseda University. Visited Taiwan in 2014 when he was 16 years old, which was influenced by the fact that his grandfather was born in Taiwan. That same year started traveling elsewhere in the world commencing with Asian countries, and taking pictures of railways and people that he encountered by chance during his travels.