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Photo Essay of 2015

Last year was full of interesting experiences in my photography career. I traveled to 15 countries and a countless amount of cities, towns, natural reserves, and peculiar places. I explored one of the world’s most isolated islands, followed the footsteps of the Incas, drove through the lonely but lively Queensland’s Outback, hiked in the driest desert in the world, photographed my way through Scottish Highlands, and crossed the United States from Virginia to California. I think the great places, characteristic people, memorable foods, and all the emotions from the experiences are hard to be captured in snapshots. But I try. Sometimes I succeed. That’s the challenges and joys of a photographer’s life. I hope these photos can deliver the stories and emotions like you are standing in the middle of the scene, listening their stories.

 

Capturing sunset in the Easter Island at Ahu Tahai

Capturing sunset in the Easter Island at Ahu Tahai

Arequipa, Peru. Your adventure to the Andes starts here.

Arequipa, Peru. Your adventure to the Andes starts here.

Peru is famous for its weavers and the quality of textiles. There are so many talented weavers through out the country, and you can purchase their products in many places.

Peru is famous for its weavers and the quality of textiles. There are so many talented weavers through out the country, and you can purchase their products in many places.

Salkantay Trek at night. We trekked to Machu Picchu via Salkantay Pass. It took us four nights and five days to reach the Inca ruin. It was one of the best experiences I've had.

Salkantay Trek at night. We trekked to Machu Picchu via Salkantay Pass. It took us four nights and five days to reach the Inca ruin. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had.

Waiau Falls of Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. It was great to be back in New Zealand again.

Waiau Falls of Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. It was great to be back in New Zealand again.

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah. Cross-country road trip in the US means lots of photographic opportunities.

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah. Cross-country road trip in the US means lots of photographic opportunities.

Machu Picchu is in Peru's 10 peso bill.

Machu Picchu is in Peru’s 10 peso bill.

Instead of the bride and groom cake topper, we placed traditional Korean wedding geese.

Instead of the bride and groom cake topper, we placed traditional Korean wedding geese.

Arches National Park. It would take days and weeks to see all the amazing formations in this park.

Arches National Park. It would take days and weeks to see all the amazing formations in this park.

The “Big Red” in Birdsville, Australia. One of the most famous sites in the Outback Queensland, Big Red is the part of one of the biggest deserts in the area, Simpson Desert.

Driving by the Monument Valley in Utah.

Driving by the Monument Valley in Utah.

Starry night in Atacama Desert, Chile. It's one of the best places in the world to see the night sky.

Starry night in Atacama Desert, Chile. It’s one of the best places in the world to see the night sky.

Old painting and postcard shops in Guanajuato City, Mexico.

Old painting and postcard shops in Guanajuato City, Mexico.

Highlands of Atacama Desert – there are many salt flats in the Atacama Desert. We hiked to the Aquas Calientes Salt Flat, which is located in 4,000m elevation.

Sushi in Japan. Period.

Sushi in Japan. Period.

Northern Lights and Scandinavian sauna house in Lakselv, Norway.

Northern Lights and Scandinavian sauna house in Lakselv, Norway.

Sun is rising over Ahu Tongariki, the "Fifteen" of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

Sun is rising over Ahu Tongariki, the “Fifteen” of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

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Vicuña lives in the high alpine areas of the Andes. It's one of the common wild animals you'll see in the Atacama Desert.

Vicuña lives in the high alpine areas of the Andes. It’s one of the common wild animals you’ll see in the Atacama Desert.

Northern lights over the cottage in Utsjoki, Finland.

Northern lights over the cottage in Utsjoki, Finland.

Beautiful Glen Coe, Scotland.

Beautiful Glen Coe, Scotland.

Sun is a sacred being in the northern Lapland. Seeing the sunrise in the winter is a rare experience.

Sun is a sacred being in the northern Lapland. Seeing the sunrise in the winter is a rare experience.

Outback characters - during the Angel Flight Outback Trailblazer rally.

Outback characters – during the Angel Flight Outback Trailblazer rally.

My favorite photo from the wedding.

My favorite photo from the wedding.

Rapa Nui Umu - traditional earth oven. Our friends in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) demonstrated the earth oven. They cooked chicken, beef, potatoes, and traditional bread over the course of 3-4 hours. It was an emotional experience.

Rapa Nui Umu – traditional earth oven. Our friends in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) demonstrated the earth oven. They cooked chicken, beef, potatoes, and traditional bread over the course of 3-4 hours. It was an emotional experience.

Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. Can you see the tree?

Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. Can you see the tree?

Clay oven is a common way to bake bread in Peru.

Clay oven is a common way to bake bread in Peru.

Outback characters - an opal miner "Giggles" in Eromanga, Australia.

Outback characters – an opal miner “Giggles” in Eromanga, Australia.

Northern lights and city lights over the fjord.

Northern lights and city lights over the fjord.

I worked as a part of the storytelling team for Adventure Travel World Summit 2015 in Puerto Varas, Chile.

I worked as a part of the storytelling team for Adventure Travel World Summit 2015 in Puerto Varas, Chile.

Ruakaka Beach of New Zealand.

Ruakaka Beach of New Zealand.

A lone church in Nesseby, Norway.

A lone church in Nesseby, Norway.

Sunset in Ahu Tahai of Easter Island.

Sunset in Ahu Tahai of Easter Island.

Sunrise in the Easter Island.

Sunrise at Easter Island.

The Olympic Stadium in Helsinki is going through renovation. Anyone can come and take the wooden bench in the stadium with a small fee. Having a part of the Olympic Stadium in their cottage will be a great story!

The Olympic Stadium in Helsinki is going through renovation. Anyone can come and take the wooden bench in the stadium with a small fee. Having a part of the Olympic Stadium in their cottage will be a great story!

The Cave With Two Windows in Easter Island.

The Cave With Two Windows in Easter Island.

Coyote Canyon in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Coyote Canyon in Guanajuato, Mexico.

A fresh young coconut, anyone? We took a short trip to Martinique.

A fresh young coconut, anyone? We took a short trip to Martinique.

Camping under the deep sky in Birdsville, Australia.

Camping under the deep sky in Birdsville, Australia.

The Swedish word ‘fika’ means taking a coffee break, but it is actually more than that. Asking someone for fika is a way of meeting casually, and that often involves coffee and pastry. There is no shortage of bakeries and coffee shops in Stockholm. From the traditional cinnamon bun to cardamom buns to saffron bread, the list of Swedish baked goods goes long. Make sure to enjoy a fika like locals!

The Swedish word ‘fika’ means taking a coffee break, but it is actually more than that. Asking someone for fika is a way of meeting casually, and that often involves coffee and pastry. There is no shortage of bakeries and coffee shops in Stockholm. From the traditional cinnamon bun to cardamom buns to saffron bread, the list of Swedish baked goods goes long. Make sure to enjoy a fika like locals!

Rano Kau of Easter Island.

Rano Kau of Easter Island.

Glen Coe at its best.

Glen Coe at its best.

During the 4 hour hike in Volcan Osono in Chile, we experienced 4 seasons and a rainbow.

During the 4 hour hike in Volcan Osono in Chile, we experienced 4 seasons and a rainbow.

Gilbert learned to make cassava bread from his father. Visit The Slave Savannah (La Savane des Esclaves), an open air museum created by Gilbert in Martinique.

Gilbert learned to make cassava bread from his father. Visit The Slave Savannah (La Savane des Esclaves), an open air museum created by Gilbert in Martinique.

One fine day in Terevaka, Easter Island.

One fine day in Terevaka, Easter Island.

ANZAC Day: we celebrated 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Day in Winton, Australia.

ANZAC Day: we celebrated 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Day in Winton, Australia.

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

3 Comments

  1. Wow! The pictures of woman from Peru is so beautiful.
    But not only this one- I love all these pictures.

  2. Your photos are absolutely beautiful and inspiring. I LOVE the Coyote Canyon and the top picture of the woman weaving. I hope to be able to capture photos like this too.

  3. Andrew says:

    i have no idea how you managed to see and do all those things in one year. Your photos are just stunning Juno, well done!

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