Dimensions: 195 x 148 mm
Yoko Ishii calls herself the Deer Photorgrapher because her main subject in her work are the gentil deer in Nara.
"The deer in Nara are considered a divine servant of the Kasuga shrine and are protected as a special national treasure. In Miyajima Island too, the deer were considered as messenger of gods. In the two towns, they draw crowds of tourists. However, in various other regions of Japan the deer's feeding habits are damaging and are causing serious problems. As such, local governments encourage the citizens to practice population management. In 2017 fiscal year, nearly 160,000 deer are hunted and more than 450,000 killed as destructive animals in the nationwide.
Inside these arbitrary boundaries created by man, the deer are beloved and treated as if they were domesticated animals. Outside of these boundaries, they are killed as destructive animals and unknowingly go beyond the borders with a spring in their step. By taking photographs of the free deer in Nara, I dream that one day they will occupy an abandoned town." - Yoko Ishii's artist statement
stock number: NB315