Santa Fe 2022 Portfolio Review 2) Primeval Forest at Mt. Amagi


Primeval Forest at Mt. Amagi


I take pictures of the primeval forest at Mt. Amagi in the Izu Peninsula in Japan.

Trees in the primeval forest have lived for several hundred years in rain and strong wind. 

Old beech tree may be fallen down by strong wind, but still revive from the fallen place.

Old trees die and mushrooms grow to turn them to the earth. 

At Mt. Amagi there are several kinds of trees( beech tree, birdlime, Japanese andromeda, cedar, etc.), flower trees (rhododendron, mountain azalea, climbing hydrangea, etc), animals, mushrooms, and so on. 

We can observe strange but strong shapes of various trees under severe conditions of nature.

They live in harmony and transcend themselves to the next generation through seeds, through circle of transmigration, so-called metempsychosis.  

We, humankind, face with the crisis of the Earth as a result of our expansive activity.  By observing the providence of nature at the primeval forrest at Mt. Amagi we can learn what to do for our survival. Forest is important since it absorbs  carbon dioxide and create oxogen while creating energy through photosynthesis.

By taking pictures of various kind of trees, flower trees, and mushrooms etc, we can learn the status quo of primeval forest at Mt. Amagi and the providence of nature. They would tell us  how humankind should live on the Earth.

What I take at Mt. Amagi is the metempsychosis of the primeval forest.


Chikara Komura