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Hokkaido, Japan 2017

Hokkaido – Japans’ north island has always offered photographers a timeless canvas on which to show creative courage. Some collectable contemporary photographers – such as Michael Kenna – have arguably produced their most coveted work in this region – playing with light, line and form in a deliberately reductive approach. His images have always boasted simplicity rather than shying away from it and his season of choice in Japan was invariable winter.

Snow is a photographers friend as it simplifies and this seems particularly apt in Japan – where the zen of calm is cherished. In rural areas, there is a conspicuous and multi layered removal of noise. Hokkaido is the antidote to the urban madness of Tokyo and this will never change. If National Geographic produced a series on regions of the world where the landscape of a region fed its culture, my hunch would be that they would have a section on the serenity of this island at the edge of the world.

I was delighted to take this image of red crested cranes early today. The simplicity just works. What a regal bird.

Available sizes (Framed size)

Large: 71" x 108" (180 cm x 274 cm)
Standard: 52" x 76" (132 cm x 193 cm)

Available editions

Large: Edition of 12
Standard: Edition of 12