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PROFILE

Kyosuke Aono

Kyosuke Aono

Aono graduated from the present Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University in 1961 and received his veterinary license. He became a freelance photographer in 1967, and has been focusing on the theme of "creation of nature," taking photos of mountains, ocean coasts and other natural sceneries. In 2002, the Kyosuke Aono Photo Art Gallery was opened within the Nagano Prefecture Ina-city "Kantenpapa Hall."

Official website
http://www.kantenpp.co.jp/garden/aono/index.html

GALLERY

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Experience the Mountains and the Sea

  • Reflection of Chokai Mountain

    Reflection of Chokai Mountain

  • The Vividness of Fresh Green

    The Vividness of
    Fresh Green

  • Mountain Torrent

    Mountain Torrent

  • Dawn Glow at Kitayamazaki

    Dawn Glow at
    Kitayamazaki

  • Frost Fog and Sannoiwa

    Frost Fog and Sannoiwa

MESSAGE

Seizing the moments shared with subjects encountered in nature, I click the shutter. I enjoy the times of focused concentration when I feel myself being tested. After day upon day of confronting myself in the viewfinder—asking myself the questions, "What is nature?" "What is life?"—I have come to settle upon "nature's creation" as a major life theme that is at the core of my work. And more than 30 years have passed since then.

I have several shooting locations that I have returned to again and again over many years, and these photographs are of those places. The discoveries that I have made as I continued to visit these spots and took photographs in pursuit of my theme have become the source of my strength. My family environment and experiences have also been major influences. Soon after reaching the age of ten, I began using my parents' camera. In my student years, I became fascinated with life-science research which showed me a universe under the microscope and a mysterious, cosmic world of life. At the same time, I began going to the mountains. Drawn by a world that for me had a feeling of overwhelming energy, I came to feel that the sense of unity I experience while confronting the rocks as I climbed them is somehow connected to the instant I press the shutter. In the high mountains are drastic weather changes and magnificent seasonal transitions, showing me that the workings of nature are both rich and subtle. Each mountain, with its own regional and individual characteristics, has its own unchanging appeal. I have continued to take photographs as a response to questions posed by these mountains.

The islands of Japan, known as being a circum-Pacific orogenic belt, possess the characteristics of a still-changing coastal range. After it occurred to me that these islands could be a single mountain range surrounded by sea, I developed a strong interest in its coastlines. By shifting my perspective from the mountains to the sea and from the coastlines to the mountain ranges, I endeavor to express the inner truth hidden in the great earth as I continue on with my photographic pursuits.

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

Although this is a 15x high-power zoom lens, the compact design provides superior portability. The latest VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism is also a welcome addition. For an outdoor photographer who tends towards subjects like mountains, this one lens offers diverse expressive possibilities while also helping to reduce the baggage burden.

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