Japanese Farmer Sick of Photographers Cuts Down Popular Photogenic Tree

Feb 29, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Japanese Farmer Sick of Photographers Cuts Down Popular Photogenic Tree

Feb 29, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Lone trees in the landscape are a popular photography subject around the world, but it’s not often that what makes such a scene so pleasing also causes the owner of the land on which it resides to cut it down.

This particular tree, nicknamed the “Philosophy Tree”, has become something of an attraction to local photographers, and Instagram users.

The tree in question has been included in many photographers works, including this short night timelapse from YouTuber Naoki Cygnus.

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Searching for “Phillosophy Tree of Biei” on Google Images gives you some indication as to this location’s popularity, but it has also popped up on many Instagram feeds.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAsuukBHS1w/?tagged=philosophytree

Regardless of the weather, people and their cameras were not deterred from visiting and grabbing a shot, no matter how silly some of them might appear.

But it eventually all became a bit too much for the farmer, after having countless numbers of people regularly trampling his land, and killing his vegetables.

Before the tree had been cut down, photographer Kent Shiraishi captured some drone footage, asking for other photographers to respect the owner’s land.

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The land owner himself had also posted numerous signs around the property warning trespassers to keep out, with other signs banning photography completely.

It appears the suggestions were largely ignored, and a few days ago Kent posted via Facebook that the tree had been cut down.

Upon felling the tree, the farmer made an official announcement mentioning that the tree was old and at risk of falling, so it would have eventually been cut down anyway.

Whether or not that was the truth, the fact remains that there were a great number of intrusive tourists that had been disrespectful of the owner’s wishes and his property.

The old addage “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints” is a good one, as long as you’re not leaving those footprints all over somebody’s vegetable crop.  Sometimes even footprints are too much to leave behind.

So, please make your photographs with a little consideration for those who own and maintain the land on which you’re shooting, or you may find it taken away from you.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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9 responses to “Japanese Farmer Sick of Photographers Cuts Down Popular Photogenic Tree”

  1. Brian Stemann Avatar
    Brian Stemann

    Can someone take a picture of where the tree was.

  2. Matt Crow Avatar
    Matt Crow

    Good for him.

  3. Galonii August Avatar
    Galonii August

    obviously photographers weren’t respecting his property or his crops shame on them

  4. Tom Delaney Avatar
    Tom Delaney

    Dale ?

    1. Dale Sharpe Avatar
      Dale Sharpe

      Hahahaha YESSSS!
      That grumpy old man just made my day ?

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    Anonymous

    “The land owner himself had also posted numerous signs around the property warning trespassers to keep out, with other signs banning photography completely.”

    Yup, photographers apparently aren’t subject to the same rules of decency as other people.

  6. Kent Shiraishi Avatar
    Kent Shiraishi

    Thank you for publishing my topic.
    Please read it.

  7. Kent Shiraishi Photography Avatar
    Kent Shiraishi Photography

    Thank you for publishing my topic.
    Please read it.
    http://blog.goo.ne.jp/chimaki-1014/e/eec9c213eab86753af0cf5fcb9835fc3

  8. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    The untold story is that he did it immediately after seeing moohor’s trite hipster Instacrap filter.