The photos and concept of Colors of the Jungle are a result of a photographic and inspirational journey covering several years. Just after his engineering degree in the mid nineties, Simon Kuyvenhoven discovered in Guatemala - the ancient land of the Mayas - how art can pay a genuine tribute to nature.
During a seven year stay in Central America, Simon started to develop his photographic skills to capture the breathtaking colors of the tropical rainforests. Lacking a background in biology, it was a personal discovery to encounter so many color treasures hidden in the jungles.
Since the rainforests consist of a myriad of plant species - all of which have their own shades and tones - it makes it a world like no other. There isn't simply another part in nature with such richness and variety in colors and contrasts as the tropical rainforests. On top of this, colors in nature always harmonize - which they do since millions of years. This makes nature by far the greatest and oldest source of color and art.
Apart from their colors, there is something very special about plants. Plants are pure magic because they are the only life form on land able to harvest energy directly from space. They transform sunlight into oxygen and nutrients. Each plant proves nature is an integral part of the universe - every single day.
The tropical rainforests are an endless source of inspiration, art and color. Colors of the Jungle aims to shed a new light on this amazing part of the world by bridging nature and art. That's what ancient Maya artists always have done and modern artists of Central America still do.
With this in mind, the photographic approach for each picture has been kept as pure as possible: professional equipment, natural light and the absence of any type of color enhancement. As such, each photograph reflects the timeless art of nature.