“There is an ethereal, otherworldly feeling to this photograph, as this little island in the middle of Tumuch Lake in northern British Columbia appears as if it’s floating in the clouds,” says Shane Kalyn, who submitted this photo to the National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest.
The scene was amazing to witness, let alone be lucky enough to photograph—totally the right place at the right time.”
This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest.
Photographer Hidenobu Suzuki views his images as if they’re paintings.
Through gorgeous and well-considered compositions, he conveys an ethereal feeling in the Japanese landscapes. Suzuki plays with light, reflection, and field of vision to highlight nature’s splendor.
He does a fantastic job of abstracting parts of his photos – occasionally things will appear blurred – so that it feels less like documentation and more as poetry via the camera lens.
“I feel that realism is a more Western style,” Suzuki writes on LensCulture.
“Using only rational thinking when creating photography results in better attention to the detail—but there is a tendency to get bored,” he continues. “Working with feelings and looking for emotions is more relaxing and ultimately, more powerful.”
Suzuki intends to express feelings of spirituality in these images, and his love of quiet, contemplative moments is evident.
Through them, it’s as if we’re on the journey alone, admiring the purple sky and looking down a foggy path, savoring it all for ourselves.
In the public consciousness at least, Hawaii has probably not changed too much in the past 100 years.
By this I mean an island chain of magnificent tropical beauty, mystery, and earthly delights with a strong emphasis on the natural world being the preferred vision for this place for many of us; with the realities of crime, squalor and all the other maladies undoubtedly present on some scale cast aside for the sake of bliss.
You see, in this chaotic world, people need and want to believe utopia by the name Hawaii must exist.
Detail: A.R. Gurrey Jr., American: “In measured tones subdued and low…” ca. 1910-20: vintage gelatin silver print from leaf included in volume “Idyls of Hawaii” (10.2 x 11.6 | 25.0 x 19.8 cm) Native Hawaiians are seen steering an outrigger canoe, possibly on Kaneohe Bay off the coast of Oʻahu. : From: PhotoSeed Archive
Detail: A.R. Gurrey Jr., American: “Old ocean singing a psalm of delight…” (ocean view of Diamond Head in silhouette) ca. 1910-20: vintage gelatin silver print from leaf included in volume “Idyls of Hawaii” (7.8 x 11.5 | 25.0 x 19.8 cm) : From: PhotoSeed Archive