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Hawaii Volcanoes - the Photography of G. Brad Lewis

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Kilauea Volcano

New Horizon

Lava from Kilauea Volcano pours into the Pacific Ocean, exploding as it enters the water.

lava exploding

Hot Exposure

A photographer captures the beauty and power of lava exploding near where the tube system enters the ocean.

Lava River

Lava River

Where once stood a forest a few weeks earlier, a river of lava makes its way down the side of Kilauea Volcano. This is a very temporary scene, as a crust quickly forms on the surface of the lava forming a tube, which insulates the lava.

Steam Plume

Steam Plume

This large steam cloud is created when a river of lava enters the ocean.

Dusk Glow

Dusk Glow

A close-up shot of fingers of lava entering the Pacific Ocean.

Kamoamoa Campground


This sheet of pahoehoe lava had recently covered the Kamoamoa Campground and is now covering up the largest black sand beach on the Big Island. Kamoamoa was rich in archaeological history and a favorite destination of Park visitors.

Limu O Pele

Limu O Pele

A huge bubble of lava bursts from a lava tube system that has collapsed, allowing ocean water to rush in and interact with the molten lava.

Vapor Spout

Vapor Spout

A vapor spout is formed from the thermal dynamics of lava entering the ocean.

Molten River

Molten River

This is a four-second time exposure of a river of lava making its way down the side of Kilauea Volcano.

Kamoamoa Nomoa

Kamoamoa Nomoa

A lava flow blocks the entrance to the Kamoamoa Campground.

pahoehoe lava

Pele's Braids

Hot pahoehoe lava captured at sunrise.

Lava Masquerade

Lava Masquerade

The shapes of faces are formed in a pahoehoe lava flow falling from a sea-cliff onto a newly formed black sand beach.

Pu'u O'o Vent

Spatter Cone

A newly formed spatter cone erupting on the side of the Pu'u O'o Vent.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Coconut Carcass

Hot lava surrounded and burned out a coconut tree. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has lost their best coconut groves to lava flows.

plume cloud

Man in Elements

A large plume cloud dwarfs this man who is observing a lava flow entering the ocean.

lava entering the ocean


Time exposure of lava entering the ocean.

littoral cone

Lost Horizon

This is a littoral cone at sunrise. It was formed the previous night in a series of huge explosions caused by ocean water entering a lava tube system. Lava exploded over 200 feet in the air, building this 30 foot cone.


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Copyright Notice: All photographs appearing on this page and direct links are the COPYRIGHTED PROPERTY of G. Brad Lewis, and available for usage by license only. No form of reproduction or manipulation, including copying or saving as a digital file is permitted. Any unauthorized usage of these images will be prosecuted to the full extent of the U.S. Copyright Law.

About the Exhibit:


The goal of my photography is to further the viewer's understanding and appreciation of the natural world. To contribute on a global scale, photographs that help us comprehend the bigger picture. In this series of images, "LavArt", I utilize movement, light, and texture of volcanic activity to open human emotions to the pulse of the Earth. I have chosen Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii as my primary subject. Nowhere else on Earth is creation happening on a continual basis at such a rapid rate. I find it crucial that there exist visual reminders that the Earth is alive and fulfilling an agenda of it's own. It is my desire to continue generating positive inspiration by focusing on photography that captures this essence of creation, beauty, and raw power.

All images of Hawaii volcanoes featured here were taken with a Pentax 6x7 or a Nikon N90S. Fuji Velvia is the film of choice. Gitzo tripod with Arca Swiss ball head used on every shot.

-Brad Lewis

About the Photographer:


Brad Lewis is internationally recognized as Hawaii's leading volcano photographer. His volcano images have appeared on the covers of LIFE, Natural History, GEO, Travel Holiday, Earth and in National Geographic, Life, Newsweek, Outside, Summit, Omni, Outdoor Photographer, Stern, etc. His work is also used in advertising, books, calendars, and stock. Brad's collection of fine art prints, "LavArt", are shown in exclusive galleries and exhibitions, and are displayed in museums and private collections around the world.

Brad's nature images have gone before congress and were exhibited at the Earth Conference in Rio. Brad lives in Hawaii, on the flank of Kilauea, the most active volcano on Earth.

You can see more of Brad's images on his web site or drop him an e-mail to show your apreciation of his work.

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