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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.
This was a journey of gazing deep into the mysteries of life. The stage: the tropical rain forests of the vast Amazon that sprawl across the continent of South America. Entering through the dense forest growth, I encountered strange, beautiful creatures one after the other. I was dazzled by the brilliant blue of the morpho butterflies sparkling in the forest, and entranced by the red serpent slipping by my feet like the flow of blood through a vein. A treehopper less than one centimeter in size, cloaked in complex, outlandish shapes struck me with its deep sense of mystery.
Blending in with the dim jungle scenery, I quietly faced off with these creatures. Thanks to the 5-axis image stabilization with 7.0 shutter speed steps of compensation of the OM-D E-M1 Mark III, I was able to capture the minutest expressions and elaborate textures of my subjects exactly as I had in mind even during hand-held shooting. While engrossed in shooting, a sudden squall fell upon me. Although my camera was soaked, it continued functioning as if nothing had changed thanks to the solid splashproof and dustproof construction. The system is truly compact including wide-angle, macro, and 1200mm telephoto lenses. Its superb mobile design makes it easy to track a diverse range of secretive wildlife even through dense forest.