“I might never see the landscape I see right now again. So, I want to preserve it for the next generation so that the emotion when I captured it lives on,” says Japanese scientist and wildlife photographer, Kei Nomiyama. Taking nature and wildlife photos all over the world while simultaneously studying environmental pollution, Nomiyama aims to capture the ephemeral beauty of nature and wildlife.
In his Firefly series, the artist gives us a rare chance to observe a fleeting moment of illuminated fireflies in Japan. The fireflies thrive in the forests of Shikoku Island where Nomiyama lives and has spent the last eight years documenting the fireflies’ mating ritual with his camera. The bright light of a firefly blinks and vanishes until it magically appears a few feet away, but Nomiyama freezes the dance with long exposures that make hundreds of fireflies appear suspended in mid-air. The final images are overflowing with hundreds of tiny lights, creating an enchanted photo that looks like it was taken from a fantasy world. His image ‘Enchanted Bamboo Forest’ awarded him the prestigious Sony World Photography Award in 2016.