Crow Hiroyuki Takenouchi

When I was a small child, I had a field day at my pre-school. The teacher told us to decorate the entrance gate by ourselves, with lots of colorful bird drawings. We needed to come up with ideas for colors. The other kids started suggesting “Red” or “Blue”, and I said “Black”. Immediately, the teacher said “No” to my suggestion. I was very surprised with his answer. In my heart I argued with him about using the color black, but in the end he wouldn’t allow me to use it.

“Black is the color of the crow, and the crow is scary. We should not draw it on our entrance gate.”

I was very angry with his answer because I felt like I, myself, am like the crow and the color black. This truly upset me. The color black always makes me think of the black crayon in the crayon box: always the last one used and, like the crow, most scared of by people for no reason. I don’t remember if I drew the crow on the gate or not, that day.

One day, in 2013, I was in Yoyogi-park, Shibuya, Tokyo. That day, this memory was still distant as was my sympathy with the Crow.

I came upon a crow who was sunbathing with unfolded wings. It was a holiday, so there were many people; even so, he didn’t care much about how crowded it was. He got my attention and I started to photograph him with my camera. The people’s perception of the crow being “Scary” or “Hated” was their own.He looked very happy, obviously not caring about what people thought about him. Taking photos of this crow gave me joy. The Yoyogi-park was close to my house at that time, and I found out that the park was known to be one of the biggest natural habitats for crows, in Tokyo. Once I discovered this, I haunted the park taking photos of them ever since that moment.

According to my research, crows have very good eye sight. They can see not only the full spectrum of light, but also ultraviolet rays. In other words, I felt crows, between each other, recognized themselves as many colors and not just black.

“Black is scary.”, “The crow is an unlucky symbol”. Those perceptions just come from humans. The crow taught me that we should not be so one-sided in our thinking. Therefore, once you have another perspective, the world landscape totally changes. This experience helped me understand that I was not wrong in my childhood. This affirmation proved to me that the things I saw in myself then were not scary at all. I felt like I had found the missing piece of the puzzle.

PROFILE

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1982年 東京生まれ
2008年 日本大学芸術学部写真学科卒業
2008年 第31回キヤノン写真新世紀佳作受賞
2009年 第2回塩竈フォトフェスティバル特別賞受賞
主な個展
2010年 SEASONS / FOIL GALLERY
2012年 FLOW / DECOdeBONAIR
2015年 CROW / PGI
2017年 _ / GALLERY TRAX
主なグループ展・アートフェア
2008年 写真新世紀東京展2008 / 東京都写真美術館
2009年 MAKING, MARKING, MAPPING -次世代へのアプローチ VOL.2- / PGI
2010年 BRAND NEW VALENTINE / Z PLATZ
2010年 猫を数える / PGI
2011年 ヨコハマ•フォト•マーケット / ヨコハマ創造都市センター
2015年 代官山フォトフェア / 代官山ヒルサイドテラス
2016年 akta monthly paper Seoul Exhibition / Freckles(梨泰院, ソウル)

雑誌、書籍を中心に活動中。主な制作物に、「ピュア・モーニング NHK連続テレビ小説テーマ集」(Sony Music Direct, 2010年)、「人質の朗読会」(小川洋子, 中央公論新社, 2011年)、「こちらあみ子」(今村夏子, 筑摩書房, 2011年)、「聞耳の森」(土屋仁応, 求龍堂, 2012年)、「カフェをつくりたい人の本」(学研パブリッシング, 2013年)、「素朴でおいしい、まいにちマフィン」(宮野真知子, 学研パブリッシング, 2013年)、「使者(ツナグ)中国語版」(辻村深月, 人民文学出版社, 2014年)、「天国と地獄のレシピ」(山田宏巳, 商業界, 2015年)、「TOKYO PAPER VOL.11」(アーツカウンシル東京, 2015年)など。主な作品掲載に、「PHOTO GRAPHICA VOL.18」PHOTGRAPHER’S FILE(MdN, 2010年)、「PHOTO GRAPHICA VOL.20」いま期待の若手作家たち(MdN, 2010年)、「IANN VOL.6」(IANN BOOKS/FOIL, 2010年)、「FOIL VOL.3」(FOIL, 2011年)、「談 VOL.92」(たばこ総合研究センター, 2011年)、「IMA VOL.11」STEP OUT!(amana, 2015年)、「IMA ENGLISH EDITION VOL.1」Up-and-Coming Photographers(amana, 2016年)、など。

Hiroyuki Takenouchi, Photographer /// Born in Tokyo, Japan,1982.Lives and works in Tokyo.Graduated institute of photography, Nihon University of Art, 2008
Awards /// New cosmos of photography (31st competition) Honorable mention (2008), Shiogama Photo Festival (2nd competition) Special award (2009)
Solo Exhibitions /// SEASONS @FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo (2010), FLOW @DECOdeBONAIR, Tokyo (2012), CROW @PGI, Tokyo (2015)
Group Exhibitions /// New Cosmos of Photography Tokyo Exhibition 2008 @Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (2008), Making,Marking,Mapping -approaches to the next generation Vol.2- @PGI, Tokyo (2009), Brand New Valentine @z platz, Fukuoka (2010), Photographed cats @PGI, Tokyo (2010), Yokohama Photo Market @Yokohama Creative city Center, Yokohama (2011), daikanyama photo fair @HILLSIDE TERRACE, Tokyo (2015), akta monthly paper Seoul Exhibition @Freckles,Itaewon,Seoul (2016)