Extreme Lava Photographers Document Hawaii’s Volcanoes

It’s an old cliché. Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life. Regardless if this is a quote to live by, the boys from Lava Light Galleries seem to have it figured out. For several years, Nick Selway and CJ Kale have been passionately documenting the beautiful island they call home, with a particular interest in the volcanic activity on Hawaii:

Selway and Kale travel six hours several times a week to photograph the wild beauty of volcanoes. The stunning images are backed by a profound appreciation and understanding for the task at hand. It’s a dangerous feat, as the volcanoes are constantly moving—spitting hot rocks, oozing molten lava, and creating extremely high water temperatures.

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But for the former rescue swimmers, it’s a not-so-secret love affair with excitement, the great outdoors, and of course, photography.

“I love nature, so whether I’m going to go hiking or swimming in the ocean, its just a bonus if I get a good photo. I would say mother nature creates everything, I just put myself there and hope to capture something that happens.”

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“I get to go do what I normally would do just for fun, and call it a living. I don’t think there’s anything better than that.”

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