Takashi Iwamoto

Takashi Iwamoto

Born in Tokyo in 1973. Since childhood, he has been familiar with nature and creatures through activities such as catching insects and fishing, and raising animals he catches.

​When I was in the fourth grade of elementary school, I observed the moon, planets, nebulae, and star clusters through a small astronomical telescope given to me by my uncle. come to embrace Furthermore, he acquired a single-lens reflex camera and started taking pictures. The camera is Canon FTb, and the lenses are FD50mmf1.4 and FD200mmf4.

During the summer vacation of the second year of high school, I traveled around Hokkaido while camping on my bicycle. I bought a bicycle and camping equipment for that purpose at that time. With no camping experience, I loaded a set of camping gear onto my bicycle and rode the Sapporo Maru bound for Tomakomai to the port (Tokyo Port) without making a reservation.

We climbed Mt. Daisetsuzan and Mt. Apoi, bathed in hot springs here and there, and went around sightseeing spots. The wild birds, deer, foxes, and other wild animals I met along the way, the vast land that supported them, and the rivers with their natural seawalls—the sheer scale and beauty of it all—great scale and beauty, and as someone who grew up in Tokyo, I was deeply moved. It hit me.

" I wish I could express that kind of emotion in my photos! "

In 1994, he traveled to Kenya on a safari tour and set foot on African soil for the first time . The horizon as far as the eye can see, the clear sky that spreads above it, and the breathing of wild animals. I was completely captivated by the size and beauty of the scale.

At that time, I was working as a TV camera assistant in the crowds of Tokyo, and the landscape of Africa was burned into my mind and never left. In contrast to that, I felt suffocated in my life in Tokyo .

From 1996 to 1997, I stayed in Zambia 's largest Kafue National Park for a year with the cooperation of the people who took care of me at the time.

Living in Zambia completely overturned my common sense, such as differences in values and ways of looking at things. Even though the people living there were financially poor, they warmly welcomed me, a total stranger, with bright eyes wherever I went. And what I felt was, "They who live in the great outdoors seem to be much happier than me, who is strongly poisoned by civilization!"

Living in Japan, where there is no internet or telephones, and where information from the outside world is almost shut out, I was able to develop a philosophical delusion about what it means to live in my heart. Even now, my life at that time is a big manure in my heart.

After staying in Zambia, he became interested in learning more about the nature of Africa, and decided to study at the Mueka University of Wildlife Management at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

During my two years of campus life, I was able to speak in Swahili and learn about the many wild birds through interactions with the locals. At that time , after class, I kept recording the wild birds I saw around the campus with binoculars . It became the foundation of modern knowledge of wild birds.

After graduating, he lived mainly in Kenya. Currently, as a freelance photographer, he continues to shoot videos and stills in various African countries.

Africa, where only the negative aspects such as political turmoil, civil war, poverty, and drought are highlighted.

However, I continue to photograph in the hope that more people will know the bright, shining nature of Africa as it should be.

Equipment used: Nikon D850 , D800E , fisheye lens , and many lenses from 14mm to 500mm

​Use Panasonic GH4 , Sony AX100 , Z5 , GoPro , etc. for video shooting

2010 - present

2010 - present