UH Manoa Hamilton Library presents photo exhibit

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Teri Skillman, (808) 956-8688
Events & Communications Coordinator
Posted: May 19, 2009

The UH Mānoa's Hamilton Library is proud to present the exhibit, Treasures of the Native Forests ~ a Photo Exhibit by Nathan Yuen, in the Hamilton Library ground floor elevator gallery. This exhibit celebrates the native forests of Hawai‘i and the exceptional plants and animals that can still be found in certain far-flung locations. The exhibit also features authentic Hawaiian leis made exclusively with plant material available to the Polynesians prior to Western contact from these remote native forests. The photographs will be on view from now through June 22, 2009 during library business hours.

Nathan Yuen‘s photography is an outgrowth of his love for hiking to the wild remote places of Hawai‘i. Each weekend he can be found hiking, backpacking or kayaking to out-of-the-way locations to photograph Hawai'i‘s native plants and animals, many of which are rare or endangered.

The body of his work is at the confluence of hiking, conservation, and fine art photography. It is his goal to showcase the unique plants and animals that live at these places and to give the viewer a reason to protect them for future generations.

For several years now, he has been perfecting a technique to reconstitute multiple overlapping photos into larger panoramic images. This technique allows him to photograph sweeping landscapes that occupy almost one‘s entire field of vision.

Although Nathan loves to photograph sweeping landscapes, his first love is taking close-up shots of small diminutive things he finds on the trail that are easily overlooked. He loves to zoom-in on the incredible beauty of flowers, insects, and other amazing things found on the trail.

To see more of Nathan Yuen‘s work and to learn about his hiking adventures to reach these places go to http://HawaiianForest.com.