3,048 meters above sea level, being able to see the sunrise at the top of Mt. Fuji is a once in a lifetime experience for many, but it is one that this man has seen at least 600 times.
For four years and five months straight, Yu Yamauchi lived in a hut near the summit of Mt. Fuji, where he ascended daily when it was still dark to photograph the wondrous phenomenon of Mt. Fuji’s sunrise.
Every morning he would go to the exact same location and photograph the sun as it was peaking over the horizon and all that it brings with it, resulting in a series titled “Dawn”, a stunning collection of not many people could feast their eyes upon.
“Constantly shifting, the clouds look like a membrane encapsulating the Earth”, Yamauchi said in a statement regarding the collection that is now available on his website.
“When the Sun rises behind a clud-forming horizon, the world that was painted in blue just a moment before suddenly looks completely different.
“I witnessed this magical transformation many times.”
Yamauchi captured all these with a vintage analog camera which meant that it was likely he couldn’t immediately access the photos when taken; being a film camera, he had to wait until the film from each roll was developed to see what he had captured.
“No matter how complicated society gets or how fast times change, we are a part of a vast unknown terrain that creates this rhythm.”
“Thinking this way, it seems to me that our existence itself is also a vast unknown terrain.
“For me, this work offers a simple reminder: We are present in the here and now”.