New Zealand is middle Earth. As it seeks to market itself as the fictional region of the blockbuster sci-fi movie, The Lord of the Rings. With might fjords and rolling cliffs, it is one beautiful landscape to explore and the film make sure of this, allowing shots from from all conners of this twin Island country.
Which better way to explore than like one of the most travelled character of the movie. Photographer Akhil Suhas’s takes a 6-month trip across the country in the ropes of Gandalf the magician.
This 9,000-mile adventure was themed #GandalfTheGuide where he shares his pictures of important icons of New Zealand with him in the background.
“I wanted a recurring subject in my photos and with so many photographers visiting the country, I figured that I needed to do something to set me apart!” he said. “I was watching the LOTR for the 5th time when I figured New Zealand is famous for 2 things: its landscapes and the LOTR + Hobbit Trilogies. So why not combine the two by having Gandalf in the landscapes?”
At first, he tried self-portraits: “I tried the camera on a tripod with a timer shot, didn’t work for me,” Suhas said. “So, I started asking the people I met along the way if they wanted to put on the outfit.” Surprisingly, people agreed, and Suhas created an amazing small-person-big-landscape photo tour of New Zealand.