TIFA 2021 Nature / Seasons

Summer Forest Fairies

  • Prize
    Gold in Nature/Seasons
  • Photographer
    Kazuaki Koseki
  • Agency / Studio
    Photostudio Koseki

Himebotaru, which is an indigenous firefly species of Japan, fly around the forest while repeating a blink of a short time—reminiscent of Christmas illumination. The sight is fantastic enough to forget the awe of the night forest. It is the brightness of life for only ten days of the summer. Forests are living things, and many flora and fauna coexist. The life time of each creature is not the same, the time of each life will flow, and the life will be repeated. They are a precious existence that people should not threaten. I just hope that this forest and its fireflies will be protected.

Kazuaki Koseki 1977 born in Yamagata, Japan. His work is devoted to the landscape of Yamagata and Tohoku, Japan. Evoking the five senses through the four seasons, he photographs the world—weaving the mountains, the forests, and the rivers together. This is because I became familiar with fly fishing from 20s and naturally felt awe. This is to convey and protect the many problems that I have felt while walking in mountains, forests and rivers, such as "nature that changes due to Global warming" and "environmental problems".