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Born in Miyagi prefecture in 1983. A photographer who travels all across Japan and the world to gaze at the mysteries of life, Sato’s published photo collections include Mysterious Life (Kodansha), Meiji Jingu: Forest of Life (Kodansha), Mycetozoa (Gijutsu-Hyohronsha) as well as photos in National Geographic. He is the winner of both the 2018 Photographic Society of Japan Newcomer Award and the 2019 Horizonte International Photo Award of Germany.
It had been a long time since I travelled through the forests of Okinawa. Day and night, I crawled through dense forests and waded into streams on my quest to capture the diversity of life in the subtropics.
In a dimly lit forest, I encountered this small blue spiral. Hoping to capture the hauntingly translucent presence of this land snail, I quietly approached it with my ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens. Another time, when a viper appeared, I faced its dangerous beauty with the ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens. Looking further away, I quickly changed to my ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens after spotting a crested serpent eagle. As the bird suddenly swooped down to a tree above me, I was able to capture its momentary expression.
To capture images of the tiny bugs at my feet to birds soaring in the distance, I walk, encounter, and photograph with a group of lenses ranging from 14mm to 2000mm equivalent. What’s more, this is all in a harsh environment of mountains, valleys, and tropical storms. Thanks to the compact, rugged construction of the OM SYSTEM, I can shoot in any situation. In addition, I was able to take all my shots handheld with the OM-1’s powerful image stabilization and advanced high-sensitivity image quality. This gave me a surprising amount of freedom to shoot.
Forests are filled with a diversity of life. The incredible mobility of this system allows me to explore our world in depth.