My Photo in the Art Byte Critique Anniversary Exhibition

This is the photo written about in the post. It's a black and white photo. The bottom third shows a log covered with a group of mushrooms. The rest of the photo shows the surrounding ferns and vegetation. The mushrooms seem to appear in a spotlight.

When selecting what I work I wanted to show at 10: Art Byte Critique Anniversary Exhibition, I knew it had to be something mushroom related. I spent a lot of time looking through photographs of mushrooms I’ve taken through out the years and discovered a photo from a trip I took to Aomori the same year Art Byte Critique was established.

This is the photograph discussed in the article. A black and white photograph. The lower third, has a group of mushrooms on a log in surrounded by dense vegetation. The rest of the photograph has ferns and high bushes. The mushrooms appear to almost be in a spotlight.
Mushrooms in Shirakami Sanchi, originally shot on ILFORD SFX 200 120 film


Mushrooms became a main theme of my artistic exploration since joining Art Byte Critique. I created mushroom-themed work ranging from macro photography, to artist books, zines and fiction. This photo is my first piece in that exploration. I was doing infrared-type film photography in the Shirakami Sanchi forest in Aomori in 2012. I still remember the light filtering through the beech leaves put the mushrooms in a kind of spotlight. This photo has the kind of fairytale feeling that I try to capture in my photographic work.

The film I used is in Ilford SFX 200 film. I liked shooting forests with this film quite a bit. But to get that amazing infrared effect, I think it worked best for really sunny days. I remember one of the challenges for shooting this day was trying to capture the angle I wanted without leaving the path and tramping all over the forest. I wasn’t (and am still not) sure if we could leave the path for the health of the forest. Some places in Japan are quite strict about that.

Traveling in Aomori with my husband was a pretty special trip as well. We took the Shinkansen to Aomori city then rented a car and explored a lot of the prefecture. Since we went in the autumn, we also got to experience the apple harvest in Aomori prefecture.

Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi overlaps the border of Aormori and Akita prefectures. The area is designated as a UNESCO site and according to the site has  “largest remaining virgin beech forest in East Asia.” The criterion for the area’s selection is actually pretty interesting reading and if you are interested in ecology and conservation, this page is about a 5 minute read.

Last Days for “10”

Monday November 28, 2022 is the last day for “10” Art Byte Critique Anniversary Exhibition. The show is at Launch Pad Gallery which is an easy walk from Ishikawa Cho station in Yokohama. Yokohama’s Chinatown is also near this station, so you could have a great day exploring the area and enjoying art and tasty snacks.

Some of the art work is for sale as well as a selection of art books and zines. I even have The Poison Issue from my MaiNichiMushroom Magazine series on sale.


Launch Pad Gallery is less than 10 minutes away from Ishikawa Cho station on the Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line. But Launch Pad Gallery has more detailed information for other train lines. For those who like to do their own map navi, the street address is:

5-186-8 ISHIKAWACHO, YOKOHAMA 045-641-1511 

FRI-MON 13:00~19:00/ 金-月 13:00-19:00



Gotta admit, I’m pretty lucky. Creating art can be a lonely endeavour. Having a safe community to discuss one’s work and share ideas is invaluable. For me, Art Byte Critique has been my art home.

Arthur Huang started a meetup which evolved into a more structured, but still open and informal, format that became Art Byte Critique (ABC) . You can read more about the evolution of ABC here. I got to meet a variety of artists who work in such an array of media. We’ve now been a community for 10 years sharing art successes, woes and showing work together. Meetings with this group has helped me grow as an artist and makes my life in Tokyo so much richer.

Arte Byte Critique has been pivotal in connecting artists living in the Tokyo Bay Area and over the decade we have been around, many artists have moved on to other areas around Japan and to other countries around the world and we are so grateful to be able to keep these strong connections going. The participating artists are both local and international artists from a wide variety of nationalities and backgrounds

-Deanna Gabiga
A black and white woodblock print of overlapping concentric circles provides the background for the ART BYTE CRITIQUE 10th Anniversary Exhbition information. November 18-Nov 28 at Launch Pad Gallery in Yokohama.


From November 18 to November 28, join us for 10 at Launch Pad Gallery near Ishikawacho Station in Yokohama. Our 10th anniversary show organized by member Deanna Gabiga of Studio Deanna. This show is a great way to see a variety of work. If you’re an artist, you might even want to join our community!

Some of the work is for sale, just in time to treat yourself or someone special to a unique gift. 🙂


Arthur Huang – Founder
Mariko Jesse
Julia Nacimento
Timo Wright
Yuko Kamei
Eva Li
Misako Oba
Patty Hudak
Michelle Zacharias
Lori Ono (me!)
Etsuko Sato
Nick West
Natale Adgnot
Yuko Otani
Yoko Kanahama
Janette Maxey
Yiru Sun
Yoneko West (Yoneko Shiraishi)
Caitlin Brutger
Deanna Gabiga
Mia O


Launch Pad Gallery is less than 10 minutes away from Ishikawa Cho station on the Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line. But Launch Pad Gallery has more detailed information for other train lines. For those who like to do their own map navi, the street address is:

5-186-8 ISHIKAWACHO, YOKOHAMA 045-641-1511

FRI-MON 13:00~19:00/ 金-月 13:00-19:00 (the gallery is closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)