For the past few years I’ve produced the works in the motif of bamboo, which can be associated with Japan.
The chinese character used in my first name “Takeo” means “bamboo man”, and that is one of the reason why I chose the motif.
The soaring stalks and regular joints are really beautiful. Moreover, bamboo is considered to be an auspicious plant because it grows very fast and straight upwards. So it has been the traditional subject of paintings in Japan.
I think the distinctive characteristics of bamboo are even more attractive in monochrome images using the modern techniques of photography.
I've been trying to get close image to Suiboku-ga (Japanese ink painting).
One day I tried to change the monochrome photo of the lit up bamboo forest into black/white inverted image, then the black background turned to white space and suddenly appeared a fantastic scene like Suiboku-ga.
These works are made with this method. Reversing black/white results in rebirth of the works. There seems to be an element of yin-yang.
Takeo Hirose JAPAN
Takeo Hirose was born in Kyoto, 1962 and presently lives in Chiba, Japan.
After graduate of Hitotsubashi university, He has worked for several famous food companies, including overseas assignment in Shanghai.
He started studying photography in earnest in 2011 when Japan suffered from the huge earthquake disaster.
Through the earthquake he understood that the beautiful sceneries are not eternal but actually very fragile, and noticed the importance of taking photos of the Japanese beauty.
His production concept is to express the world of traditional Japanese paintings and ink paintings with modern Japanese sensibility and the photo technology.
2015 New York Art Fair (USA).
2015 Stockholm Art Book Fair (Sweden)
2015 Seoul Art Book Fair (South Korea)
2016 Art Book Fair Basel (Switzerland)
2017 Quoz Arts Fest and GPP Photo Week (Dubai)
2019 “Japan Photo Award Exhibition” of KYOTOGRAPHIE KG+ 2019
2019 Solo Exhibition at Gallery 25N
2019 Praxis Gallery "Mono - Kromatik"
2013 JPS (Japan professional photographers association prize), honorable mention
2014 JPS (Japan professional photographers association prize), honorable mention
2017 International Photography Awards, honorable mention (2 works)
2018 International Photography Awards, honorable mention
2018 National Geographic, Photo of the Day, September 19
2019 5th Fine art Photography Awards, fine art category, Nominee
2019 “B&W” competition of AAP Magazine #6, 3rd prize
2019 Moscow International Foto Awards, 1 Silver award, 1 honorable mention
2019 Call for Solo exhibition at Gallery 25N, Winner. The Christopher E. Burke Fine Art Grant
2019 Mono - Kromatik by Praxis Gallery, Director's choice award
2019 International Photography Awards, honorable mention (2 works)
2019 ND Awards, honorable mention (2 works)
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