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Fuji San

Rafal Krol

Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters. A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity. Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige.

Rafal Krol was born and grew up in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. In 2004 when Poland become a member of the European Union and the borders were open, he came to Ireland and have lived here since.

He bought my first camera (small compact Pentax S30) to record his stay abroad the same year. After the initial fascination of having a camera and taking photographs of everything everywhere, he began to focus on minimalistic black and white seascape and landscape photography for the past few years. Nature, the sea coast and the mountains always have been inspiring to me. These are places which he enjoy visiting most, where he can rest and restore my vital energy.

Most of his work is black and white, he believe the lack of colour allows an observer to focus more on the frame and composition. He mostly use medium format cameras, Hasselblad and Holga.

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