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Hiroshi Imai regularly visited a quarry, a seemingly devastated area of land he first witnessed from an airplane. The fields and mountains were excavated for many years to produce sand and stone. The effects of the weather further eroded what remained. The combination of human behaviour and nature has resulted in a chaotic landscape that appeared to come from another planet. In 2014 this alien landscape, however, underwent a dramatic transformation. The quarry was extensively prepared for the storage of nuclear waste from Fukushima. Elsewhere, solar panels were installed on the excavated areas of land. For Imai this course of action is typical of man, who acts according to his wishes without fearing the consequences for nature.
Hiroshi Imai (Japan, 1963) studied Civil Engineering at the Tohoku University in the Japanese city of Sendai. After having held various managerial positions at a large IT company, Imai delved into photography ten years ago. He has followed workshops by Satoru Watanabe and Marc Prüst. In 2014 his book Port Island appeared. This year he has won the Special Jury Prize of the New Nature Photo Award.