Papua New Guinea
For striking portraits, get up close
Many of you who follow my photography will be aware of my dislike for the dependence many travel photographers have on their long lenses for shooting portraits of people.
How many people can a bat feed?
Marcus Paringu from Papua New Guinea has a translucent red smile that reveals teeth blackened by many years of chewing betel nut. As darkness falls, he begins his night watch. Sitting on a stool, he periodically glances upwards into the darkness. “A bat with rice can feed 12 people,” he says.
Birds of paradise on his head
I am standing in a field just outside Mount Hagen, a town nestled in the lush Wahgi Valley some 1,500 meters up in the Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Tradition remains a vital part of everyday life
Hello Papua New Guinea, part of the world's second-biggest island where some 850 different languages help make it the most culturally diverse place on earth. At the Sing-sing in Mount Hagen, 50 different clans share their culture and colorful costumes with tourists once a year but, deep in the heart of the country, tradition remains a vital part of everyday life.