return to work

This time next week I'll have settled into Port Moresby, and be preparing to return to Kitava, the Trobriand Island I visited earlier this year. I'm returning to deliver two (or three, if I can afford it) 9,000 litre rainwater tanks to the village. Lalela, where I was so warmly welcomed last time.

Regrettably, soon after I left the island there were insufficient rains to establish new crops. Consequently, I've been raising funds through the Water 4 Kitava page, to buy the tanks to help provide plenty of safe drinking water once rains return. And more so, women won't have to waste so much of their time each day carrying water containers on their heads to refill at the coastal spring, half an hour away. I'm very much looking forward to my visit, which I will document as much as possible. The image below of some young Kitavan lads playing soccer in the pouring rain, is from my June trip.

Meantime (and as many of you would've heard by now), one of my more recent images has been shortlisted with 49 others for the National Portrait Gallery's 2016 National Photographic Portrait Prize. To say that I'm astonished would be a gross understatement...I'm quite 'over the moon'!

Beach hut, Kitava, PNG 2015

Beach hut, Kitava, PNG 2015