I am NIki Takehiko, Milan based Japanese Photographer.
I was born in Hokkaido island, It is located next to Siberia, very cold and lots of nature. I left my home town when I was 15 years old for attending a boarding school for academical preparation. I was almost gifted student, so i decided to leave my relaxed hometown. Obviously my hometown's main industry is agriculture.
Academical competition at boarding school, La Salle High in Hakodate was bitter. Then I started to watch movies, and write poems, the beginning as an artist.
When I was a Journalism student at the Sophia University in Tokyo, I started to do photography. I found out that I preferred to do visual things than writing. Even more that's when I realized that I was insane enough to be an artist.
After I got Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, I flew to New York City. I Studied photography on the street, and at F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology), S.V.A. (School of Visual Art) and so on. At the same time I started to work as a professional photographer. I stayed this crazy energetic city for almost 6 years.
I traveled a lot, and I discovered that Italy made me feel so nice and healthy. Year 2000, I moved in Milan.
I am still in Milan, and I am happy about that. I think there is something common between my home town in Hokkaido island and the country side of Milan.
2004, I walked 800km for pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago. 2007, I received catholic baptism, and I chose my catholic name as Francesco. 2013, I got married with Siberian woman. 2016, I published a photo book "Portraits of Angels". 2017, I became a Father…
The life is short. Time flies...