The Heavens Open on Hashima

By Michael Gakuran | | Photography | 8 Comments |

The sea lashed out angrily at the boat and waves threatened to throw me overboard, but my mind was instantly quieted by the painting unfolding before me. What a sight to behold! The sky imagining a world of its own, breathing new life into the desolate rock of Hashima.

My grip tightened around the camera and I squeezed the trigger until the camera’s buffer was completely full. After two day’s shooting, we couldn’t have asked for a better send-off from our old friend. Goodbye Gunkanjima, until we meet again.


I re-processed the above image and saved it at 1280x800px. Click the photo for the larger version – perfect for a desktop wallpaper if you feel so inclined :). You can find the original version of this photo here. Which do you prefer?

If you haven’t already, check out my set of photos from my exploration of the Holy Grail of Haikyo.

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*This is a re-post of a February 2011 update*

8 comments on “The Heavens Open on Hashima
  1. Hmmm, it’s a tough decision which version I like better, but I’m leaning towards this one, since this version seems so dramatic and really highlights the silhouette of the island! Beautiful, as always.

  2. Bryan says:

    This is a great set and a great emerging exploration!

  3. Pam says:

    Absolutely stunning. I can only imagine how beautiful it must have been seeing it in person.

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