Karina Sechi is one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015, as voted by the eight-member international jury for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015. Here is her winning entry and artist’s statement. View her profile to learn more about her and to see more of her great work.

I began this project in 2010, and it remains a work in progress. These landscape pictures taken with a long exposure are made using the light of the moon when it is full to illuminate my composition and the light of lanterns with different color temperatures in the foregrounds. It’s a job that requires a lot of planning and depends entirely on the good weather. In 80% of the expeditions I made for this series, I did not get the desired images because of bad weather. In the mountains the weather changes rapidly.

I want to show what the eyes cannot see in the dark—when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and you feel tiny, insecure, but surrounded by an infinite beauty.

—Karina Sechi