Takehito Miyatake

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With a lyrical style emblematic for traditional Japanese painting and poetry, the photographer Takehito Miyatake translates into snapshots the mysticism of the waka verse, short poems on the beauty of nature and its relationship with the human soul.

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“Waka poetry has expressed the scope and possibilities of nature,” Miyatake told Slate magazine in an interview, “but with the use of limited words.”

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His magical long-exposure photographs with fireflies, bioluminescent aquatic creatures or volcanoes on the point of eruption celebrate the splendor of nature in all its glory.

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Photo credits: Takehito Miyatake

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