When photographing the famous Japanese macaques around the hot springs
of Jigokudani, central Japan, Doest had become fascinated by the surreal
effects created by the arrival of a cold wind. Occasionally a blast
would blow through the steam rising off the pools. If it was snowing the
result would be a mesmerising pattern of swirling steam and snowflakes,
which would whirl around any macaques warming up in the pools. But
capturing the moment required total luck – for Doest to be there when
the wind blew and for the monkeys to be in the pool. For that luck to
arrive he had to wait another year. Returning the next winter he
determined to get the shot he’d been obsessing about. He set up using a
polariser to remove reflections from the water and create a dark
contrasting background, and got ready to use fill-flash to catch the
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013:
Creative visions winner
This piece of artwork was created by Andrew Ryan for Treehouse Brands and was sold on the official Tomb Raider store in 2013. It is limited to 100 pieces worldwide, each individually numbered. It is ‘sized 18x24", 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks’. It was originally sold for $40.00.
This giclee disappeared from the store in mid 2014, and it is not seen for sale anywhere else.