On the eastern coastline of Maui you will find, secret beaches, lush forests and old school Hawaiian life. Every time I visit, I am reminded of how God probably intended for us to live — and the impression remains to this day. Hana is a special place that calls to my inner explorer and sets my imagination on fire. On the far eastern side of the Haleakala National Park, you will find it is much greener than the rest of the island, due to the heavier rains. Another benefit is the full waterfalls that form deep canyons, creating amazing passages of water through the rainforests. And it is here that you find ancient bamboo forests resting in their hidden passageways. It was an added gift that on the day I was searching for this particular bamboo forest, my camera and I were greeted with a welcoming green mist. As I pressed through tiers of photographic opportunities, I happened upon this series of steps, that came alive when I viewed them through my 90mm panoramic viewfinder. Believe it or not, shooting bamboo can be very tricky, especially if the skies are cloudless. The direct light tends to flatten and wash out the texture, and brings very uneven shadows. After many unsuccessful trips to this hidden spot, it appeared that this time, everything was falling into place and “Ancient Passage” would come to life in this magical place.
Jeff Mitchum is one of the great American and international landscape photographers who rose to success in the recent years. He is often described as the “Ansel Adams of color” in the fine art photography world. Self taught, Mitchum is known for his compositional mastery and the keynotes in his work are the use of natural light and subject matter. His aesthetic is simple – to capture the stunning beauty of nature and dramatic landscape and bring it to people’s everyday lives.