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CJ Kale was raised in Hawaii on the Waianae coast. He spent his days in the surf and outdoors exploring the beauty of nature. CJ learned early on that he had a love for the outdoors and a passion for photography. After graduating from photography school he moved to the Big island of Hawaii. As a child he had visited the volcano and was deeply moved by it's beauty and dynamic nature. From this time on he spent his life dedicated to capturing the beauty of the volcano and the world around him. As CJ says "there is no other place in the world that you can photograph within feet where you stood the day before and capture such dramatically different images" . Each volcano image he captures is truly a unique moment in time to never be captured the same again.
CJ and his best friend, Nick Selway, own Lava Light Galleries together in Kailua Kona Hawaii. They spend a great amount of time on the active volcano and travel a few months out of each year to bring their own unique view of the world to everyone. CJ puts his heart, passion and years of photographic skill into every photographic masterpiece that he creates. Recently CJ Kale and Nick Selway just risked their lives to be the first to bring a remarkable and unique view of the volcano to the world. They are the first artists in history to enter the surf near the volcano with a surf housing to capture the view of the lava hitting the sea through the surf. To do this CJ had to enter the water right next to the lava within feet of it's entry point , the water was near scalding and there were lava bombs floating in the water. These are the lengths that CJ will go to further his art and stand out from the crowd with some of the most unique images on earth.