Mount Fuji Through the Lens of Ōyama Yukio (Photos)Culture
Mount Fuji, at 3,776 meters Japan’s highest mountain, has bewitched people since ancient times. One of many to fall under the mountain’s spell is photographer Ōyama Yukio, who has spent nearly 40 years striving to capture it in all its various guises.
Enthralled by Mount Fuji’s Divine Beauty
Ōyama Yukio has built his reputation as the world’s preeminent photographer of Mount Fuji, which he describes as a “goddess with the power to enthrall a man.” His single-minded photographic pursuit of Mount Fuji began with his first visit in 1976. His work takes him on strenuous hikes around the mountain, carrying some 25 kilograms of equipment. He often spends nearly two weeks waiting for the perfect moment to press the shutter.
“You have to be patient,” Ōyama says. “Fuji is a whimsical mountain—she doesn’t show her best side right away. Basically you have to be a slave to the mountain. In rain, snow, or hot beating sun: All you can do is wait. But when that moment arrives, the mountain can offer a spectacle that is simply staggering. The thrill sends a shiver down your spine. I don’t know how many such moments I have left in my life, so I’m going to keep my camera trained on Mount Fuji to make sure no chance passes me by.”
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