The Eye of Goddess Pele.
This is a collection of Fine Art Images in Black and White
The Lava Fields of Madame Pele.
When I arrived to The Big Island, Hawaii, having been born in another island and spent half-of my life living there without being able to travel at all, I was not expecting to be impressed by much. “It’s going to be just another island”, I thought for myself. But very soon I was going to see how wrong I was. Right from the very first day, I fell for its charms and the most important reason was for me, the Volcanoes National Park. I spent a total of three weeks in Hawaii and needless to say, that I drove to the Park over six times… If I had known that I was going to like it so much, I should have even reserved a room in the hotel by the Kilauea Crater… Now, sadly, it is too late, due to the latest eruptions that are taking place there and the Park is currently closed for who knows how long time.
Hawaiians believe that the Goddess Pele inhabits somewhere in the Kilauea Crater and that the eruptions are caused when the Goddess is in anger. Often you used to see floral and other tributes laid at different sites on the crater in order to please the Goddess and placate her fury. They even say that she often takes a human form and appears now and then in different places. That is why if you meet an old lady in remote areas, you should treat her well, for who knows if she is Pele in reality.
On my third visit to the Park, I decided to take things easier, drive slowly and even set to walk a while and discover places not available just by car. I was impressed by the huge “rivers” of dried lava from older eruptions, several miles long! On one precise occasion something hit me in the back of my mind and I can’t explain exactly why, made me stop at a wide open spot before one of these “rivers” of black lava, which look as if they had been magically “frozen” in time. These are called Pahoehoe which means “smooth, unbroken lava”.
Started to walk inside, without any fixed direction, amazed and amused by the capricious formations on the ground…until at one moment I spotted right under me what seemed as a big eye looking at me! I don’t know if it was my own fantasy, or what, but I felt as if it was Pele staring at me and welcoming me to visit and photograph freely all those things that I was looking at… I can’t say exactly for how long I kept walking and stopping and photographing all those abstract formations… At one precise moment, I decided to stop for I did not know exactly what I was doing… Then I returned to my car and drove all the way to Kona (where I was living), wanting to see in my laptop what I had been photographing. I was amazed at the results… and I returned two more time to that spot to photograph again… until I felt that I had enough. Of course, I could have returned over and over again, only to be overwhelmed and confused at the selection of all those images. Something inside of me told me at one precise moment that I had enough. The collection has been published several times in magazines worldwide. The photographs here are just a few examples of the many more I have that belong to this project. I hope that Madame Pele will be as satisfied with them as I am with the results of this unforgettable experience.