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 Photo image from 2007 photo exhibition in Nagoya, Japan

 Kiyomichi Koike, an official member of Japan Professional Photographers Society, JPS, Public Interest Incorporated Association which was established in 1950 consisting of almost 1,700 professional members (as of 2015), and of Society of Scientific Photography, SSP which was established in 1978.

 Born in Hamamatsu, Japan in 1959, and has been in Denver, Colorado in the U.S. since 1983. Fascinated with photography since his early childhood but did not pursue professional works until the tragic event that took place in 2001, the 9/11 attacks, which changed his views about nature and life, also being hit hard financially. Since 2004, he has started photographing professionally, finding connections with nature sensing something strong with a desert land and vast ecosystem in San Luis Valley, in southern Colorado, which was the very starting point. Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve it was, where light and shadow, changing colors show contrast and emotion and changes in the air tell seasonal energies shifting, with occasional chances to meet wildlife that thrive in the given environment.

 He loves outdoors and hiking/trekking on mountain trails in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada. In recent years, since 2015, an opportunity his friend gave him lead him to South America. In higher altitude in Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni has been his new starting point of challenges. He's been to Bolivia in 2015, 2016, and 2017 feeling something strong in an environment that he isn't used to, in the southern hemisphere, finding again about photographing old cityscapes.

 He used mainly 35 mm film cameras before, and in recent years, because of technology and demand, he has been using digital equipments. The demands from his clients have changed. Also use medium format film cameras. Equipments include lens covering very wide ranges between 12mm and 1200mm in focal length. In addition, he photographs with cameras which include Nikon D3s/D3x/D5, Fujifilm X-T1, Olympus OM-D E-M1, SIGMA dp Quattro, dp0/1/2/3 Quattro, supported by the manufacturers.

・ 2014 Sample photo images taken with HD lens for Pentax DSLR camera were used in the Pentax brand website of Ricoh Imaging Co.
・ 2015 Assigned as the official ambassador of SLIK products of Kenko Co., Ltd. His photos and a photo of himself were used on the cover page and the first split page of SLIK's 2015 offical product catalogs, which currently are available only in Japan. He used SLIK Master III tripod for lighter equipments and SLIK Grand Pro CF-3 SP tripod and Telebalance 6L head for heavier ones, sponsored by SLIK.
・ 2015 GW Pro Line catalog of Hakuba Photo Equipment Co., Ltd. included a photo image of his. He uses Hakuba's GW Pro Back Pack G2, Shoulder Bag, and Camera Holster, sponsored by the manufacturer.
・ 2016 Hakuba Photo Equipment Co., Ltd. introduced his photo images to promote their GW Pro Line products - February at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan. CP+ is the biggest photo and photo equipment related exhibition/convention in Japan. 
・ 2016 SLIK products of Kenko Co., Ltd. included his photo images to promote their tripods.
・ 2017 SIGMA has chosen two of his photo images (Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in Colorado, USA) for March and April of the 2017 SIGMA Calendar, which is available in Japan and Asia, one of which was also used as the front page.
・ 2017 Hakuba Photo Equipment Co., Ltd. introduced his photo images to promote their GW Pro Line products - February at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan.
・ 2017 Hakuba Photo Equipment Co., Ltd. included his photos in their annual catalogue. He uses Hakuba's GW Pro Back Pack G2, Shoulder Bag, and Camera Holster, sponsored by the manufacturer. 

Photo exhibitions in the past years include:

・ 2005 October/2006 May Exhibition at the visitor center of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Mosca, CO
・ 2007 March/April - “Whispers from the Sands” at Fujifilm Photo Salons in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan
・ 2007 June - Wind Art Group Exhibition in Osaka, Japan
・ 2007 June - Wind Art Group Exhibition in Tokunoshima, Japan
・ 2007 May/2008 April Exhibition at the visitor center of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Mosca, CO
・ 2009-2010 Art of the Dunes, exhibition at DIA Denver International Airport Art Exhibition by selected local artists
・ 2010 March/April - “Spirits of the Desert” at Fujifilm Photo Salons in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
・ 2011 July - JPS New Member Exhibit "My works" at AiDEM Photo Gallery Sirius in Tokyo, Japan
・ 2011 August - JPS New Member Exhibit "My works" at Fujifilm Photo Salon in Osaka, Japan
・ 2012 January - “Winds of the Desert” at Gallery Koto in Kyoto, Japan
・ 2013 May/June - “Beyond the Rocky Mountains” at Ricoh Imaging Square in Tokyo, Japan
・ 2014 - 2015 Group Photo exhibition at the visitor center, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Mosca, CO
・ 2016 - 2017 SSP Group Photo exhibition in Japan. (Society of Scientific Photography)




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