Hirata Digital, Seattle Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement "Hirata has his own special style combining composition and aesthetics, whether he is photographing insects or flowers, many from his own garden and his favorite public gardens around Japan. Hirata has the patience required to wait for just the right butterfly to land on that perfect flower. His ability to zoom in and capture the butterfly just as he lands, samples the nectar or leaves the flower is amazing."
Introducing Takuo Hirata: Combining his love of photography with a passion for nature, Takuo Hirata has released his first series of nature themed image CDs. The first three CDs are entitled Beauty of a Rose, Winged Creatures and Garden Images. In addition to the high resolution images, the CDs include some bonuses (e.g. Kanji characters that can be combined with the images, ready-to-print templates for notepads and postcards, vignettes of some of the images, ready-to-print scarf templates). Each CD features a different set of bonuses.
In addition to the image CDs, two sets of Limited Edition Art Cards were available. The art card sets feature five beautiful photographs that individually are worth more than the $14.99 asking price for the set. One could keep the set intact as a collectible or separate the photos to be framed or mailed as postcards. There were only 1,000 of each set printed, and they will not be reissued. We expect the sets to become quite collectible as people discover Takuo Hirata's incredible talent. There are a limited number of autographed sets available.
Hirata-san is a silk expert and was a special guest lecturer at the 2006 and 2007 Quilt Festivals in Houston, TX. His lectures were very well attended and received. Hirata's unique photography work is especially beautiful printed on silk and other textiles.
Individual images (flowers, sunsets, cats, gardens, butterflies, dragonflies, bees, art deco, animals and more) are now available for purchase.