~ soulbird ~
I was born and grew up in the metropolis of
In 2001 I immigrated to the U.S., and started leading a
secluded life in the mountains. I immediately found myself
fascinated by photographing birds, and I began my career as
a self-taught mixed media photographer in 2003. Since then
I have been working as a full-time artist.
2007 series entitled Soulbird began by documenting
the diversity of the expressions of birds in nature to capture
the beauty, vibrancy and sensibility that I encounter in my
everyday life on the 40 acres where I live. It is a very
exciting experience to observe them closely and it is almost
to share my feelings with them through my camera.
In addition, this is a project of communing with birds to
understand their habits and habitat to support bird
conservation. In today’s world, species mostly become
extinct or are threatened with extinction due to humans – deforestation is one
of the main causes. I have been
witnessing a decline of some species in the last nine years.
Through this project, I wish to create awareness in the
viewer that we are losing so many vulnerable creatures
every single day. I also wish to remind myself of Shinto
which is the indigenous faith and spirituality of the
Japanese people. It says every natural object and creature
has a spirit and soul, so we have to take care of them as we
do of ourselves. To examine my own identity through
the Japanese title of each portrait written in calligraphy
also helps me reconnect with my Asian heritage, and
continue the creative journey of discovering myself.
manipulate each image by layering multiple textures
and colors in my computer, then
I highlight with color
pencils, which enhances the feeling and
character of each species. I also meticulously coat each
print with wax which gives the image depth and a
unique translucent texture. Each piece
evokes a poetic and mysterious sense of nature.
* (I also create the limited edition prints
without my Japanese calligraphy)
(click on each image below to view more)