Photographer Ryota Kajita was a pupil on the College of Alaska Fairbanks in 2010 when he started taking photos of ice formations up-close.
Intrigued by Alaskan swamps, ponds, rivers, and lakes, Kajita started to note odd-looking “ice bubbles,” which he says are gases — normally methane — trapped beneath the floor.
“When water freezes,” Kajita says, “it turns into ice slowly from the floor and traps the gases. The bubbles and freezing temperatures create distinctive geometric patterns.”
And these patterns are nothing wanting beautiful. Utilizing a medium format movie digicam, Kajita says he “goals to seize the wonder and the dynamic modifications of water in nature.”
See for your self how he does it with these 12 photographs from Kajita’s “Ice Formation” sequence.