Takeshi Shikama, Tokyo, Japan
Born:1948 in Tokyo, Japan.
Education: Aoyamagakuin University, 1968-1970.
In 2002 Takeshi Shikama turned to photography after a career in the field of design. He was drawn to forests as the subject for his large format camera. It was the “invisible world”, hidden behind the “visible” that he worked to capture. His first photo collection was published in 2007 as Mori no Hida—Silent Respiration of Forests. This project became the launch of a lifetime endeavor. In 2008, he created a new series, Utsuroi-Evanescence, consisting of four parts: Forest, Field, Lotus, and Garden. In 2009, he added the fifth part, Landscape. The following year, in 2010, while working on the Evanescenc seriese, he started working with Japanese hand made Gampi paper for his platinum Palladium printing. The detail involved to create these prints; each requiring hand-coating the emulsion on the paper and contact printing the negative; reflects the intimacy and interaction that he feels towards his subject matter. In 2009, He was invited to take part of FOTO Triennale.dk and his solo show was held in Johannes Larsen Museet (Kerteminde, Denmark). He was also one of nine artists selected for the FotoFest International Discoveries II (Houston, Texas). In 2011, he began new work photographing in two distinct American landscapes--Yosemite National Park and New York City’s Central Park. Also for the new body of work features landscapes throughout the Pacific Northwest and Hokkaido, Japan. In 2012, He was invited to take part of the Noorderlicht Photofestival (The Netherlands). He added new series “The Netherlands” and of “ Urban Forests”-- Jardin du Luxambourg (Paris, France) and Central Park vol.2. In 2013, received the first Jon Schueler Schlarship Award. Artist in residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language, Culture and the Arts (Isle of Skye, Scotland). He was included as one of three artists for “ Thoughts of the Forests”, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan. He had set about new projects on “Ancient Stone” and landscapes throughout Scotland and Galicia in Spain.