Photographer & Certified Foreset Therapy Guide
Mayumi Kataoka is a Sydney based Tree photographer & Certified Forest Therapy Guide (Certified by Japan Forest Therapy Society - Japan).
Born in Japan, Mayu moved to Sydney in 2003 after her experience working as a volunteer for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games. Mayu attempts to express the subtlety of Japanese themes in her photography of Australian native trees.
"I feel it is the subtle combination of the raw colours under the Australian sky that adds a special ethereal quality like no other place. The colours are rich and beautiful and they seem to capture the Australian essence of life.
The colours are just magical, a pure balance of simplicity and beauty that is uniquely Australian. When I see through these trees and they always excite me, they encourage and invite me to discover and study more about them.
Nature is such a beautiful gift to us all and it is fundamentally our most precious life partner. My true purpose is to capture these feelings through a lens so you can experience these moments in time."
Mayu's passion is to show the public the hidden beauty of these wonderful trees. So the next time you do walk past a tree you will stop just for a moment and really "see".
Over the past 10 years the path of Mayumi's "trees & nature" photography has led her to a new career as a "Forest Therapy Guide" where she offers therapeutic & mindfulness Shinrin-yoku walks (Forest Bathing) to a range of people and local community.
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