Nandin Yuan is fascinated by geometric shapes. The Kyoto-based photographer loves playing with light, dark, curves, and angles to create unexpected images.

The simultaneous uniformity and deviation of nature is teased out in Nandin’s photographs of Kyoto’s greenery. Presenting a softer, calmer side to a city internationally known for it’s bustling, boisterous, atmosphere.

Arashiyama

Nandin: “The temples tend to bring tourists to Arashiyama but the real show-stopper is the magical bamboo grove.”

Nandin: “The temples tend to bring tourists to Arashiyama but the real show-stopper is the magical bamboo grove.”

Ohara

Nandin: “Head to Ohara to visit the serene Sansen temple, it’s a great spot for cherry blossoms and year-round colourful gardens.

Nandin: “Head to Ohara to visit the serene Sansen temple, it’s a great spot for cherry blossoms and year-round colourful gardens.”

Nandin: “In fact the whole area merits a full day of temple-hopping.”

Nandin: “In fact the whole area merits a full day of temple-hopping.”

Shogunzuka

Nandin: “It’s quite a trek, but the Shogunzuka Mound has one of the most glorious views of Kyoto.”

Nandin: “It’s quite a trek, but the Shogunzuka Mound has one of the most glorious views of Kyoto.”

Touji

Nandin: “Toji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its five-storey pagoda is deservedly famous.”

Nandin: “Toji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its five-storey pagoda is deservedly famous.”

Daitokuji

Nandin: “This walled temple complex has very calming zen gardens and is a beautiful place to spend the day wandering around.”

Nandin: “This walled temple complex has very calming zen gardens and is a beautiful place to spend the day wandering around.”

This photo journal was a collaboration between Nandin Yuan (@nandinyuan) and Unpacked.

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