Keiko was brought up with The Snowy Mountain Scheme’s project in Tumut (1970) in the multicultural community in rural Australia, as well as living abroad in Japan, UK, and Russia, hence a vibrant international background characterising her love of nature and people living on the land. This is where her interest lies – ordinary people living in the outback, remote lands, rural regions around the world with their lifestyle encompassing the character of the land.
The artistic B&W photographs are shot on film mainly using Leica IIIb (1938) and printed to archival silver gelatin prints in a darkroom by Keiko herself. The beauty of the monochrome world enhanced by the added character of the piece by piece hand printed fibre prints is timeless. Apart from her very successful silver gelatine exhibition “Zen in 35mm” at Tacit Galleries (Melbourne,2018) she has also started to explore larger format camera (8×10) and producing platinum/palladium prints and cyanotype prints in the last 2 years.
Keiko has exhibited in Japan, Australia China and Russia. Her works are in private collections in USA, UK, Australia, China and Japan and her photographs are used in corporate/institution websites, businesses and council publications.
Exhibition catalogue by Tacit Galleries in Melbourne, “Zen in 35mm”,
2017 – Award of Excellence, 2017 No3 Soto Zen Photo Contest, Japan
16 – 3rd Prize, Brisbane Club Open Photography Competition, Australia
2018 – Zen in 35mm, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
17 – Sea of Compatriots, Coal-Pit Gallery, Iwaki, Japan
17 – Gentle Giant, Commonwealth Bank Brisbane, Main Branch
17 – Infinity, Tacit Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2019 – Departure from Reality, Redcliff Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
18 – Gold Street Studio Gallery, Victoria, Australia
18 – Beyond Media – Large format and Traditional Craft Photography
Exhibition, Tianjin, China