Entry Title: "The Lotus Peak"
Name: Michael A de Guzman , Philippines
Category and Expertise: Landscape|Landscapes, Non-Professional


Entry Description: Mt. Fuji – Fuyō-hō (‘the Lotus Peak’) a perfectly symmetrical cone that reflects beauty and one of the Japan’s Holy Mountains. It is a majestic creation of nature that has inspires artist and poets at their journey in discovering and understanding the beauty it represents. What makes it more interesting is that Mt Fuji is actually a three-layer volcanic mountain that is also surrounded by numbers of lakes. Though it is an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707-08, Mt. Fuji has been recognized for its cultural value as a holy mountain worshiped by people since ancient times and now being acknowledged for its cultural contribution to the art and spirit of Japan. As challenging as it may seem, people desire to reach the summit of Mt. Fuji. Being Japan as ‘The Land of the Rising Sun”, to experience and see the ‘’arrival of the light’’ - goraikō, - makes it more special...like a kiss of the sun. We may find ourselves one day wondering what place could be more peaceful than watching the peak covered with glaciers or witness it dancing with the wind and making its waltz beyond the clouds. Too many possible insights to describe the mountain and too vivid to see its beauty and we desire to discover something more. For a glimpse to the other side, we may find something unusual and special...yet to be found.

About the Artist:

Michael De Guzman is a Filipino born Fine Art Photographer who is known for his black and white landscapes. He is also known as MDG among his photography friends. MDG strives to create images as food for the soul. He sees himself like a chef collecting raw materials when shooting in the field and prepares them on post processing ready to be consumed by anyone who wants landscapes beyond black and white. MDG discovered his love for taking pictures on June of 2011 when he joined a workshop for Landscape Photography. He started shooting color and near infrared but he always had a different feeling for black and white. On August of 2012, he took another workshop specializing in Fine Art Black and White Landscape and he was taken into the process. MDG is a black and white landscape specialist using tools such as digital cameras and Photoshop with other software for post processing. He also uses Piezography for his prints. His images have been in numerous local and international publications both online and print. He also won awards including PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris and IPA Lucie Award. MDG is now a regular contributor of a local photography magazine for the landscape section. He also assists and conducts workshops for Landscape and Fine Art Photography.