Monkey on a Mountain
About the piece
A monkey on top of Mount Batur in Bali Indonesia, looking down on lake Batur which sits in a caldera (crater of a volcano). Mount Batur is an active volcano in the middle of the caldera. There are a few villages in the caldera and the people there rely mainly on agriculture for income.
About the artist
Nathan Hutchinson was born in 1975 in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. After studying sciences, he finished college at the age of 18 following a career in the oil and gas drilling industry. He travelled to many countries and worked in remote locations with people of various nationalities, languages and religious beliefs. This exposure nurtured his interest in learning more about people of different cultures and their land. Nathan’s creativity grew from his personal home interior design projects which he completed on his own. They involved carpentry, woodwork and welding all self-taught. He bought his first DSLR camera after moving to Thailand in 2008.
""Photography allows me to explore a deeper meaning to life and purpose. It creates awareness and teaches me to focus on the present. I take pride in not staging my photographs, I do not tell subjects what to do or where to stand. There is an abundance of beauty in our world that exist and occurs naturally and my challenge as a photographer is to capture those moments. My work documents the diversity of human culture and places of Southeast Asia. I am curious about things that are traditional, holding a deeper history or showing a simpler way of life. I like to capture the honesty of people in the work they do and to give them justice.I always feel the need to include in my photographs some evidence of human existence through architecture, agriculture, religion or the arts. I like to observe people, their behaviour, ask questions and try to understand what is taking place before pressing the shutter on my camera. Artists such as Steve McCurry and Michael Yamashita influences my creativity. I appreciate McCurry’s focus on the human condition and use of saturated colours. Yamashita’s artistic documentation of the Asian landscape and culture guides my creative vision. I am equally passionate about post-capture processing using software such as Capture One and Photoshop as it extends on and satisfies my creativity. I invite viewers to be mindful of the experience when viewing my images, to connect with the people, the place and even with themselves.""