Photographer's Note

Afew years ago I saw the movie title Baraka. It is a documentary film with no narrative or voice-over. It explores themes via a kaleidoscopic compilation of natural events, life, human activities and technological phenomena shot in 24 countries on six continents over a 14-month period. In the beginning of the film, and in trailer, I saw amazing scenes with monkeys bathing in a hot spring with snow around. I was so fascinated that I made a small research and found they live in Japan, near Nagano. I must go and see them - I thought. And I did. from Warsaw to Jigokudani is a far and expensive trip but it was my dream. crazy, but I visited many other places in Japan as well, but these cute monkeys were highlight of the trip. Takero showed recently a whole series from there, many people liked the shots, so it reminded me my excursion there. Strange that after such an effort to go to Jigokudani I posted only one photo. So this time I am inspired by wonderful Takero's photos, but earlier I told him about this place.
A sequel to Baraka, Samsara, made by the same filmmakers, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and released internationally in August 2012. I began with photos from Bagan and Sossusvlei in Namibia, but this time I had seen it already :).

The snow monkeys are wild animals. I saw them not only in the warm spring but also in the forest. But they have no fear of the people and you can be very close, almost you can touch them (I didn't try though).
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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9253 W: 140 N: 23302] (115751)
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