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In Search of Mother Nature

"After 15 years of intense photographing, Boris Mar ventured on a 12 months’ trip ‘in search of the true spirit of Mother Nature’, a trip that would take him to several continents around the world, visiting some of its forgotten canyons, barren deserts, lush rain forests, ice-cold mountain tops and idyllic islands. For the next 12 months, Boris Mar will take us to some of the most remote and awe inspiring locations on this planet. Pack your bags and follow us on this extraordinary journey, full of stunning images and fascinating stories"

In 2011, after 15 years of intense photographing, I ventured on a 12 months’ trip “in search of the true spirit of Mother Nature”, a trip that would take me to several continents around the world, visiting some of its forgotten canyons, barren deserts, lush rain forests, ice-cold mountain tops and idyllic islands. My aim was to capture those special moments in time when Mother Nature shows her real beauty.

My first stop was at Rarotonga, on the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, chosen because I have always wanted to capture isolated beauty.  These days it’s hard to experience that Robinson Crusoe feeling; civilisation is everywhere, and resorts tend to dominate the best beaches in the world.

However, when it comes to isolation and remoteness, it is hard to beat some of the islands in the South Pacific. It is a 3 hour flight from Melbourne, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. From there it’s another 5 hours over the vast South Pacific, crossing three thousand kilometres of ocean, only to end up on a land mass, smaller than Manhattan.

Rarotonga and its many smaller neighbouring islands were some of the last islands to be colonised in the South Pacific; tourism is still in its infancy and some of the islands are the size of a football field.

I landed on Rarotonga late at night. It was pitch-black, and my first thoughts were that, I was...

Read this article, and many more, in High Definition, inside Issue 17 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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