An avid Lord of the Rings fan dressed as Gandalf and travelled 9,300 miles across New Zealand for a truly magical photo project.
An Indian amateur photographer Akhil Suhas, 21, shot self-portraits showing him posing at various locations where the fantasy trilogy was set.
In one of the breathtaking images he is seen dwarfed by the famous Redwood forest on the country’s North Island, with his wizard hat glimmering in the sun. In another shot, he scales the golden sands of Te Paki dunes, using his ‘magic’ staff for support. Akhil spent six months working on the wizarding photo series.
He used a self-timer to catch himself in the frame and often got up at the crack of dawn to score epic sunrise shots.
Revealing his inspiration for the project, Akhil, who studied at the University of Auckland, said: ‘I was watching the Lord of the Rings for the fifth time and then the idea struck.’
The creative admitted the photography trip cost him quite a bit of money but he doesn’t care. He concluded: ‘I have my whole life ahead of me to earn money. At the end of the day, your memories last longer than material things.’
Suhas, who gained 5,000 Instagram followers after posting his images, said he wanted his pictures to stand out against the mass of stunning but similar landscape photography of New Zealand. Including Gandalf in every image gave the pictures scale and focus.
All Images © Akhil Suhas