Courtney Esson: “I am a British photographer, travel enthusiast and nature lover with a soft spot for landscape photography. My passion for the outdoors inspires me to explore different cultures and nature. My curiosity to seek new places and learn about new cultures leads me on unique adventures, from the tops of mountains to rural villages. I share my images in hopes of conveying the beauty of a place and the story of a moment.“
A Trip to Biei, Hokkaido with Photographer Courtney Esson
Courtney takes us with her on her trip to Biei, Hokkaido: ”The small town of Biei in Japan’s most Northern main Island, Hokkaido, is filled with picturesque landscapes merely waiting to be captured and explored. It’s winding countryside lanes lie between endless rolling fields where the trees are famous for creating simple compositions. This desolate and timeless canvas is heaven for minimalist winter photography.” (more…)
Courtney Esson: ”Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain, dominates the sky at Fujigoko. My gaze couldn’t stop searching for it, as I explored the Northern foot of the hill, its small towns, forests, and lakes. Fuji’s beautifully symmetrical ridge lines lead up to the snow-capped peak, as clear as day on a sunny Winter morning. Strong icy winds rendered my travel-sized tripod useless as I searched for compelling compositions. It drives an array of weather through the countryside, drawn like a magnet to the summit of the mountain. Winter at Fujigoko sees unexpected frequently changing elements. I watched in wonder as, within minutes, bright blue skies became dark, swirling storm clouds engulfing the volcano. My frozen fingers hurriedly worked to accommodate the sudden decrease in light with more prolonged exposure, presuming that once Mount Fuji had completely concealed it was unlikely to reappear again.(more…)
Courtney Esson shares her photographs and reflection on the lives of the people of Kampong Phluk, ‘the floating village’, Cambodia.”To create a connection to the lifestyle of local people, I prefer to travel out of the cities and into rural towns to get a taste of local flavor. In the village of Kampong Phluk, locals live in wooden houses built on high stilts along the rivers. Locals learn to operate colorful boats at a young age to adapt to living on floodplains. Taking a boat through the village offers an insight into the hardships and adversity locals face daily.”(more…)
Courtney Esson tells us about her travels and observation of the Khmer Monks living in Phnom Kulen National Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia:
“It’s no surprise that some of my most influential images of South East Asia come from the people of Cambodia, a culture of welcoming, open, and humble people. Khmer monks occupy their own social class and are highly respected. They live privately, studying, working, and housing together in pagodas and abide by a monastic way of life. Brightly clad in orange robes, they create a fascinating subject, unmistakable among the country’s’ religious monuments. Within the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen they join the multitude of tourists and locals come to enjoy nature, but in a secluded corner by a waterfall. The monks cool off in the water away from tourists, social engagement with women, something that requires careful attention, and locals maintain their highly regarded views.
Here I felt as though I had been allowed to witness something wonderfully intimate. The moments of genuine, pure emotion I was able to capture reflected my thoughts of the Khmer people. Despite a history of hardship, there was always an environment of sincerity and warmth that came to define my experience and make Cambodia one of my favorite travel destinations. These images were not taken to shock or impress but reflect an authentic, candid moment of identified and genuine emotion.”(more…)