Piece description from the artist
While traveling in Kyoto to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, there were many different paths all lined with beautiful orange tori gates. While most of the tourists went down the main path, we strayed off the beaten path and halfway up the mountain. We found this hidden shrine and were the only people there. It was calm and beautiful. You could hear the cicadas and the traditional Japanese water fountain.
It was a truly magical experience that not very many people get to see. It was one of my favorite memories from visiting Japan in the hot month of August in 2018.
Melinda Klein is a Chicago-based digital and film photographer, who prides herself on learning through experience. She grew up all around the country, living across the midwest and the east coast. It was living in these vastly different places, from cities, to suburbs, to rural areas, that inspired her love for such diverse areas of photography. She began taking photographs professionally when she moved to Chicago in 2007.
Melinda's biggest passion is wildlife and nature photography but most of her wildlife photography is taken in zoos and aquariums. She photographs the animals to look as though they were shot in nature in an effort to document the lives of flora and fauna that exist in a man-made habitat.