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PROFILE

Yoshiaki Kobayashi

Yoshiaki Kobayashi

Kobayashi was born in Tokyo in 1969. He photographs a wide range of subjects, including small sections of nature such as flowers and insects, as well as landscapes and wildlife. He has moved to the eastern part of Hokkaido and takes photographs based on the theme, "landscape of life." One of his published photography collections is entitled Inochi no Keshiki: Kushiro Shitsugen (Landscape of Life: Kushiro Marsh). He has held many exhibitions.

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Water of Life

  • Dawn above the Clouds

    Dawn above the Clouds

  • Spring of Life

    Spring of Life

  • The Trial

    The Trial

  • Quietly Glowing

    Quietly Glowing

  • Flock of Life

    Flock of Life

MESSAGE

Water is the source of life. It exists all around us while constantly changing its form, from clouds and fog, to rivers and lakes. Blessed water nurtures a myriad of life forms and beautiful sceneries on earth. It not only quenches our thirst, but it also enriches our hearts. Because Japan particularly has an abundant supply of fine water, the country has been blessed with a beautiful natural environment.

However, the vestiges of the forests and woodlands in which I played as a young child have all disappeared. I watched as lumps of concrete structures went up as if to hide the mountains and transform the scenery. Thinking about it today, I wonder if the fear I felt despite my young age were the result of my instinctive perception that the cycle of life was being severed and the world, wrought by consumption and waste, was heading toward destruction. In a quest for convenience, we are losing the landscape of life—a collective of all living beings— that has the power to nurture life. And thus, we are losing our future.

Hokkaido is known for its abundant nature, but even there, what could truly be considered a natural environment only remains in a few limited places. To talk of the vast wilderness of Hokkaido is an error in perception. The reality is that the remains of nature can only be found in isolated, forgotten corners of vast tracts of farmland.

I shot these landscapes as I searched for "life-giving water." The many moments that I was drawn to by water are precious remains amid the rapidly changing times. I hope the images communicate the richness and grace that water brings to us. And I pray that scenes such as these will be passed along unchanged to the next generation and be everlasting for the future of us all.

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

The B008 is an all-purpose lens that can cover almost all of the angle-of-view ranges I use on an everyday basis, including everything from landscapes to wildlife and macro shots. Light, portable, and equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation), it can also handle a wide range of hand-held shots. The great appeal of this lens is its ability to capture every photo opportunity.

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Dawn above
the Clouds

Sunrise above a sea of clouds. Bathed in the light of the sun, the sea of clouds began to churn fiercely, dissipating into the sky. The water cycle may well be the cycle of life itself.

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Spring of Life

A beautiful spring created by water welling up from the ground. Where does such clear, pure water come from?
I hope it continues to saturate the earth forever without ever drying up.

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The Trial

To climb upstream against the waterfall, cherry salmon jump with all of their might. Only the strong that can weather
this trial go on to give life to the next generation.

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Quietly Glowing

The Japanese primrose blossoming in a glade. Bathed in drops of rain, they appear full of life. Here the land had been taken over
by bamboo grass as a result of logging, but thanks to their removal by human hands, the old plant life is gradually being restored.

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Flock of Life

Much life gathers at the water's edge. A flock of herons arrived at a shore covered with day lilies in full bloom.

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