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There is a river bank I often go to.
Whenever it pours down rain, everything gets swept away and the river turns into a giant holding pond until the stormwater can be digested downstream.
It’s unmanaged, so the parts where people don’t go are covered in reeds and grasses. The inundation that comes with every heavy rain decimates the vegetation and deposits debris and mud, a process that inversely makes the soil fertile.
The hassocks and wild flowers then sprout again and eventually restore the community. It’s a good example of how repeated destruction has honed a renewable energy.
As natural as it is, this riverside landscape has a surreal aura to it that, interestingly, lets you forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Hidekazu Maiyama became a freelance photographer in 1986. He is active in a wide range of visual media with a special focus on portraits, including advertisements, CD jackets, magazines, and photo books.
He periodically holds solo exhibitions and has published several collections of his works.
Encouragement Award at the 22nd APA Exhibition
Regular Member of the Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association since 2004
Guest Professor at the Faculty of Art and Design, Kyushu Sangyo University since 2014