Volcanoes of Indonesia
  • Blue Fire
    Mt Ijen has been getting extremely popular over the past two years, which means that it gets overrun by tourist groups between about 2am and 11am. This is because the blue fire is only really visible in the dark, and when the sun comes up you get to walk back down the mountain in the daylight. It was important to me to capture the scenery without crowds, so I spent 20 hours on the volcano waiting for the tourists to vacate the area so I could have the whole place to myself. To get this shot, I had to be very close to the molten sulphur, using a tripod and a long exposure.

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Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu is a British photographer and film-maker based in Chicago, USA. He has had work published in Wired, Colossal, Hypebeast and Vice, and has produced artistic content for Google, General Electric and IBM. He loves to explore and document the terrifying beauty of extreme environments where the edges of reality seem to blur. You can follow Reuben on Instagram at @itsreuben or follos his work on reubenwu.com.