Winter Magic of Hot Springs

PhotographerNune Karamyan
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryHastings on Hudson, United States
Photo Date2017
Technical InfoD750,16-35mm
Entry Description

Water, baths, and showers in our mundane fast-paced lives no longer carry any meaning except practical. Japanese Onsens return us to the times when water was used for ablution and the bath had symbolic meaning. The tranquil-naked-soaking ritual in Japan’s hot springs brings us closer to nature, helps us meditate and connect to our inner selves. Bathing at night in the winter elevates the experience to a higher level. To not be intrusive in a bather’s privacy, the photographs were taken after midnight, when almost all pools were empty

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