I never really thought I’d go to Papua New Guinea. Before this project I knew next to nothing about the country. However, I was recently given a 5 week lesson in all things PNG. Our team was commissioned to make a documentary about domestic violence for the Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation. Papua New Guinea is easily the most beautiful, lush and wild place I’ve ever been. It was an adventure.
First of all to get anywhere in this country you have to travel on one of these…….
Forge your way through this….
To cross this….
And sail on one of these…….
To arrrive in the Garden of Eden.
In the midst of the documentary we took a few days off to shoot a PSA about domestic abuse. This was shot in a village near Goroka. The villagers outfitted themselves in the tribal dress that had been passed down from parent to child for generations. It was the most beautiful and bona fide reproduction I’ve ever shot.
Tribal dress, etc.
We also did a helicopter shoot. I worked hand-held with my feet on the skids. It was such an exciting way to shoot from a helicopter. The equipment was a “Squirrel” the Aerospatiale AS 350 B2. Much thanks go out to Pacific Helicopters, Goroka Town, PNG.
The director, Josiah Thiesen and I talking shots on a hill overlooking Port Moresby.
Near Wabag, PNG. Traditional grass hut. The cooking fire is lit near dusk and the smoke is allowed to drift up through the grass roof.
Chimbu Province. Portraits stolen out the window of the Land Cruiser as we rush past.
Just one more.