With photos featured in both National Geographic and Reader’s Digest, Erika Larsen is no stranger to what some refer to as “immersion photography”. When Larsen decided to commit herself to photo documenting the people and lifestyles of the Sami people – who reside in Northern Scandinavia and Northern Russia – she became one family’s live-in housekeeper for two years. While Larsen dabbles in several different photographical arenas, the landscapes she photographed while fully immersed in this Scandinavian culture are representative of a true-to-life moment capture, unlike some of the more stylized approaches of her peers.
Nature Photographers: Hengki Koentjoro
Hengki Koentjoro believes black and white photography is the best way in which to express himself. Born in Central Java, Indonesia, and attending the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, Hengki currently resides in Jakarta with his wife and three kids, and works part-time as a videographer editing nature documentaries, as well as pursuing his other passion. “Photography can never be separated from the aspects of making the common things unusual, welcoming the unexpected, indulging and embracing ourselves with the joy of photography.” Hengki says. His joy shines through in his subjects and compositions.
Nature Photographers: Ben Canales
A self-professed “time-lapse junkie”, Ben Canales also splits his time between photography and videography, his main focus being capturing the night sky –and more specifically- the stars. This particular brand has its own name: Astrophotography. On his website, he explains his penchant for the darkened veil above us: “I take these pictures first for the joy of it, but second to bring back the experience to friends, family and others that don’t have the opportunity to get out from the city.”