Photographer Akhil Suhas just spent six months travelling across Middle Earth — er, New Zealand — dressed as Gandalf.
As Gandalf himself once said, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us”.
I think we can all agree, then, that photographer Akhil Suhas has decided to use his time wisely.
“I wanted a recurring subject in my photos and with so many photographers visiting the country, I figured that I needed to do something to set me apart,” Suhas told PetaPixel. “I was watching LOTR for the fifth time when I figured New Zealand is famous for two things — its landscapes and the LOTR and Hobbit trilogies.
“So why not combine the two by having Gandalf in the landscapes?”
Truth be told, not all of the photos feature Suhas — after attempting to take all of the self-portraits using a camera on a tripod with a timer, he realised that it would be easier to simply ask people he encountered along the way to don the Gandalf costume, so he could photograph them.
According to Suhas, most people “gladly said yes”, because after all, “who doesn’t want to dress up as Gandalf!?”