Eriko Kaniwa - SENSEGRAPHIA FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Eriko Kaniwa - SENSEGRAPHIA FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Born in Tokyo. Eriko Kaniwa is a Tokyo based fine art photographer.  After graduating from university, she worked as a producer at a major Tokyo television station before studying photography independently. In addition to exhibiting photographs in individual and group shows and continuing to work as a photographer, she has explored alternative education, cognitive science, depth psychology, and art communication.

In 2014, she began developing a workshop program that applies the potential of photography to aesthetic education. She presented the program at domestic graduate schools, foreign-owned firms, international conferences, and think-tank-style business schools, and received positive feedback from over ninety percent of participants.

Sensegraphia is the name she has given to a conceptual redefinition of photography, in which experiencing life in a profound way, by stimulating the senses through visual aesthetics. 

The photo book “JOKEI: Symbols of Nature Worship, Sacred Places in Japan.” was awarded internationally by IPA, as the one of the best fine art photo book.

-Awards

NEUTRAL DENSITY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017 

ND Discovery of The Year   / Fine Art Discovery of The Year 

1st place, Gold star awarded in Fine Art

SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017-2018

COMMENDED PHOTOGRAPHER

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

1st. place, 2nd place: Book- Self published, Fine art

3rd place: Nature/Wildlife -  Tancho- Japanese Crane series

FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

1st. place: Professional Wildlife/Animals "Tancho crane" seriesz

MONOCHROME AWARDS 2017

Honorable Mention

SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2016-2017

COMMENDED PHOTOGRAPHER

NEUTRAL DENSITY PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2016

Honorable Mention 

MONOCHROME AWARDS 2016 

Honorable Mention

-Exhibition

- Portrait Art  

  Horiuchi Color Gallery Tokyo 

   2006 - Solo

- Visual Shock

  TOKYO HIPSTERS CLUB 

   2008 - Group

- Fotografia Sensuel

   Kudanshita Terrace Tokyo

   2009 - Solo

- Recital Contest of Fine art Photography - Summer

   Art Gallery M84  Tokyo

   2017 - Group

- ROYAL ARTS PRIZE  2018

  LA GALLERIA  London, UK

  2018  - Group

PUBLICATION

WE INSPIRE Vol.26

IPA *17

 ARTIST STATEMENT

-Beyond sight, Aesthetic insight

Just as there are infinite gradations between the light and shadow that make up the essence of photography, are there not also infinite forms that exist between living and non-living (organic and inorganic) The more I photograph nature, the more I wonder, how can we, today, perceive these in-between forms?

Even today, many landscapes exist in Japan that symbolize nature worship.  I am affectionately proud of the values that have flourished within this natural context: the wabi-sabi aesthetic of imperfection and impermanence; the pursuit of subtle and profound grace; the awareness that humans are a part of nature and are deeply entwined with its dynamics. I wonder if this philosophical culture, characterized by empathy with nature, evolved not first and foremost from the natural landscape itself, but rather from the contemplation and perspectives of those who viewed it.  

To take photographs and look at them is to become a witness to the manifestation of events that appear and disappear within the flow of time immemorial.  For me, photography is not a philosophical metaphor for death or the past, but rather a crystallization of the temporal dimension with which human react so vitally, achieved through the medium of light.  It is an action in the fourth dimension, and attempt to step outside the flow of time and grab hold of something to confirm that we live in a world side by side with death.  Beyond mere seeing lies contemplation and communication of the world.

Beauty and art overcome the obstacles of language and distance, allowing us to experience, express, and share a feeling of respectful awe, as well as the moving realization that human beings exist as just one part of planet Earth.

To me, that is photography.  It is my hope that by building on the concepts of nature that have been passed down across generations in my native country of Japan, we will together be able to sense something, and compose a story.

WEBSITE :  http://sensegraphia.jp