Tokyo Parrots by Yoshinori Mizutani
About the artist
Yoshinori Mizutani (b. 1987) is a Japanese photographer. Mizutani attended the Tokyo College of Photography after graduating from Nihon University College of Economics.
Vivid flashes of bright green flock in the trees and skies of Tokyo, the descendants of tropical aliens brought to Japan’s biggest metropolis as pets four decades ago. These escaped parakeets (not actually parrots) have since flourished in the city, and likewise fascinated photographer Yoshinori Mizutani, who upon his first encounter with them was struck by apprehension and fear, as if he had walked into Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’. Incongruous as they seemed in the urban environment, he followed the flocks and watched their daily patterns, eventually locating one of the largest nesting places in a certain ginkgo tree. Simply surreal photos of fluttering lime green wings.
Mizutani was selected for the LensCulture Emerging Talents Awards 2014 Top 50 and the Foam Magazine Talent Call 2014. He has quickly established worldwide recognition and amassed an impressive list of solo exhibitions in numerous countries, including, Tokyo (IMA), Beijing (aura gallery) , Belgium (ibasho gallery), Switzerland (Christophe Guye Galerie), London (Webber gallery) and Milan (mc2 gallery).