Ron Gessel*

18.10.2012 in23:17 in Nature, animals -->


I studied graphic design in Utrecht, the Netherlands. I started my career as an art director and have worked on several major advertising agencies such as FHV BBDO, LOWE and Baas en Van Haastrecht. I have frequently come into contact with several advertising photographers to shoot advertising campaigns.

Nowadays I am a freelance art director/photographer. I travel a lot and during my travels I am touched and fascinated by the country and its inhabitants. I am a street photographer in heart and soul. My photos are not staged because I want to show real life.

Groups of snow monkeys live in Jigokudani (Hell Valley) located in the mountains in Nagano. You can see the famous snow monkeys in Jigokudani Yaen-koen (Hell Valley Wild Monkey Park). Snow monkeys are used to being around people and living as if they are humans. There is an outside hot spring that was made just for the monkeys. In winter, you might see snow monkeys soaking themselves in the hot water while the snow falls on their heads. Somedays they stay up in the mountains, but hopefully you will be able to see them bathe or swim in the hot springs.