Despite taking hundreds of trips to Japan's iconic mountain, this photographer has never climbed it.
For the second time in its history National Geographic Traveler went to Your Shot, National Geographic’s photo community, to find the cover image for its June/July Issue: The Trip That Changed My Life. The community submitted nearly 19,000 photos for consideration, and 15 images made it to the final story. One image rose to the top, an image nearly a decade in the making, by longtime Your Shot member Takashi Nakazawa.
Nakazawa is from Tokyo, Japan, and fell in love with Mount Fuji when he first visited it seven years ago. Since then, he's traveled to the mountain almost every single weekend, amassing an estimated 70,000 photos. He often makes the drive from Tokyo in the dark of the night, and stops at a nearby mountain, lake, or road, and sleeps in his car until dawn, his favorite time to photograph the mountain. One glance at his profile makes his love for the mountain clear: In every season, time of day, and at great distances, Nakazawa has developed a series that resembles a portrait series rather than a landscapes series.