I’m Kent Shiraishi. Photography for me is a type of self-expression. I studied photography in university, but dropped out because it wasn’t interesting for me. Later I tried a summer school, but eventually I ended up learning by myself.

My first picture taken was of my grandfather who gave me a camera as a present. My favorite place for taking pictures is Hokkaido, Japan – the most beautiful place in the world.

This blue pond in Hokkaido changes colors depending on the weather. For example, in spring it turns into spectacularly green color. The artificial pond was created as a part of erosion control system that was built to prevent Biei in case of an eruption of Mount Tokachidake. This pond is blue because of aluminum hydroxide.

If you’re a Mac user you may be familiar with the “Blue Pond” wallpaper. That picture is made by me at the same place as all of these pictures.

What a dreamy spot for photographers.

More info: nationalgeographic.com | fotoblur.com | 500px

Blue Pond & First Snow, Hokkaido

With this picture I won the prize of the “National Geographic Photo Contest 2011”.

Cool Colors

You may think this is just a photo-shopped image, but this is a real place. Wow!

Green Pond & Yellow Leaves

Transparent Blue Pond

The Frozen Pond

This frozen pond during the winter.

The Mystic Pond

The Illuminated Pond In Snow

You can see the snow storm. This picture has been chosen the “Top Shot Of National Geographic”.

Green Pond & First Snow

The beautiful blue pond in Japan turns spectacularly green.

Spring & Snow

Snow in May

Light Blue Pond

The Holy Pond

I had the very mystic impression.

The White Pond

The beautiful blue pond turns snow white in December.

Sirius,Orion & Winter Big Triangle

You can see Sirius, Orion and Winters Big Triangle.