Japan: Snow Monkeys

Japan: Snow Monkeys

Art Wolfe
Published: 10/23/2008

Snow monkeys, also known as Japanese macaques, frequent the Nagono Hot Springs in the mountains of Japan. They gather in family groups and soak for hours at a time in the winter. This little guy, a baby of the year, was fascinated by his reflection in my lens. As he reached out to touch the glass, his human qualities were obvious: the large luminous eyes, fingernails, and the obvious curiosity.

One way to create an intimate portrait of an animal is to bring yourself to its level. That perspective adds intimacy and impact to the photograph.

Don't forget to check out my show, ART WOLFE'S TRAVELS TO THE EDGE, on your local PBS channel to learn more about these curious Snow Monkeys and my other worldly travels.