石井 陽子



奈良公園の鹿は春日大社の「神鹿」との謂れから大切にされ、天然記念物として保護されている。宮島でも、かつて鹿は 「ご神使」 として大切に扱われていたという。今も、奈良と宮島で鹿は観光客のアイドルだ。しかし、そのほかの場所では、鹿は農作物や木々を食べる害獣とみなされている。そのため、多くの地方自治体が鹿の頭数管理を実施している。2012年には全国で年間約20万頭近くが狩猟で捕えられたほか、27万頭以上の鹿が「駆除」された。


銀座Nikon Salon 2016年1月5日〜19日/大阪Nikon Salon 2016年2月4日〜10日
10:30〜18:30(最終日は15:00まで) 会期中無休、入場無料

"Beyond the Border"

Like all animals, deer require sustenance, companionship and the ability to contribute to the future of their species.  Unlike most wild animals, however, there are deer that live freely in the midtown section of the ancient capital Nara and in the Miyajima Island in Japan.

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 2012, nearly 200,000 deer are hunted and more than 270,000 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.

Ginza Nikon Salon - January 5 - 19, 2016/Osaka Nikon Salon - February 4 - 10, 2016
AM 10:30 ~PM 6:30 (close at PM 3:00 on the last day)
Open every day, admission free

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