Above you will see the cover of my new photo book, Images of Energy: The Mana of Kauai from Ocean to Trail. This book features over 100 photographs from my favorite beaches, hikes and wild places of Kauai. The hardcover 10"x8" photo book contains 112 pages, and is printed on fine photographic paper, which has a pearly luminescent finish.
When making the book I wanted to focus on the energy of the island-- the mana that I see and feel when I go out with camera and pack to photograph Kauai's incredible nature. I find that this energy heals my spirit and mind, and in this time of uncertainty, I wish to share this healing power with you all.
The book is organized into two sections: Oceans and Trails. Each section moves clockwise around the island. The Ocean section starts at Ke'e Beach, and the Trails portion begins at Hanakapi'ai Falls. The book includes a basic map (seen above ) to help guide you from location to location. Not every beach of Kauai is featured, nor is every trail. And some are represented with multiple photos. I did this because I didn't want the book to be merely a guide book. I wanted it to be more meaningful and in this way I think that you will find an opportunity for personal discovery, creativity and fun.
Pop the Top had to be in the book. This image is all about the mana of Kauai's oceans. The dynamic interplay of water and light, made possible by the underwater formations that cause waves to dance all along the Na Pali Coast. I just couldn't make a book about Kauai without this photo being included.
My mom and dad received an advance copy of Images of Energy and my dad surprised me with a text that read, "Page 39 is my favorite." To be honest I had no idea which image he was talking about and had to inquire which one it was that he liked. He replied, "Full Moon Rise and Palm Trees." This photograph was taken looking across Nawiliwili Harbor towards the new Timbers Resort in Lihue. I would have never thought that this image would be my dad's favorite. But that's part of the fun of the book. Looking through the over 100 photographs and finding the one that you that speaks to you most clearly.
Much of my photography is based on intention: planning; revisiting; studying the behavior of animals and ocean; and reconnaissance of trails and wilderness areas. I think this meditative process comes through when viewing the book as a whole. The images come from 8 years of living and photographing on Kauai. I think the oldest image is from the spring of 2012 and the newest is from the summer of 2020. In a sense it is a retrospective of my time on Kauai and my relationship with the island. And the book was made during a time when we all had ample chance to reflect on what the hell it is we are doing.
Be healed by Kauai. Let Images of Energy be the medicine.