mahabis photography // adventures in java by reuben wu


"In my visual work, I am driven not just by the urge to create imagery, but by a desire to explore new places as if they were unknown territory, constantly open to serendipity and with an eye for the unnoticed and the hidden."

This week, we're fascinated by the work of photographer, film-maker and music producer Reuben Wu. His diverse collection of photography varies from urban architecture to some of the world's most deserted landscapes. Each photograph is captured with an otherworldly atmosphere, making some of the most remote locations look like dreamscapes. 



Our favourites include this collection of taken in East Java. The contrast between vast and eery volcanic environments with the idyllic beaches shown below demonstrate just how varied each adventure in Indonesia can be. 



Photographs, like music, can create an echo of a time and a place. To me, my images are more than pictures. They are fragments of memory and imagination.




In addition to these wide angle shots with small silhouettes in the foreground, Reuben gets up close and personal with volcanic craters. The peacefulness of his dreamy landscapes are replaced by the toxic and fiery plumes of Java's Kawah Ijen crater. 



This is landscape photography taken to the next level. 



The intensity of the photographs is aided by the light sources chosen by Wu. Using a combination of moonlight, dusk, and distant artificial light, the smokey and effect is amplified by volcanic steam drifting across the lens. 



Reuben is also the co-founder of the band Ladytron, and has produced a vast array of music that has taken him across the world. You can check out more of his projects here, and follow him on instagram for regular updates. 




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