As a master carver of extraordinary Hawaiian adornments and kumu (teacher) of cordage and lashing, Beau Jack Imua Key found his world changed when he began seeing it through a camera lens. Now, he uses his camera to document and share Hawaii’s dramatic landscapes and sunsets through his fine art photography. Part native Hawaiian, Beau sees his ancestors before him as he walks this land with renewed appreciation and respect for its natural beauty.
“They didn’t have the technology we have, so they composed legends, songs, and created hulas to document it. And while I don’t speak Hawaiian, my images are my way of speaking. With the camera, I am able to tell a story—create my hula—and share it with you,” says Beau.