Tokyo-based photographer Hayato Wakabayashi captures otherworldly images of frozen waterfalls, caves, and frost in his ongoing series Gravity. Bundled in warm layers and weighed down by heavy gear, the adventurous photographer braves the bone-chilling cold of Japan's mountainous regions in order to document spectacular phenomenon in nature. Rushing cascades are frozen in time and suspended in midstream, turning the familiar sight of waterfalls into a stark, elegant winter wonderland.
"I started to become interested in the slow and organic variations of nature," Wakabayashi explains. "I have always been fascinated with the imperceptible growth built from repeated elements in nature. . . Nothing can escape gravity. There is a natural order that exists outside our rationalised ideas. Gravity holds all that exists. I show nature’s order by photographing these effects of gravity that we are not usually aware of in our daily lives."