ᴘ ʜ ᴏ ᴛ ᴏ ɢ ʀ ᴀ ᴘ ʜ ᴇ ʀ ᴄᴜʀʀᴇɴᴛʟʏ ɪɴ ɪɴᴅᴏɴᴇsɪᴀ ᴊᴏʜɴ@ᴊᴏʜɴʙᴀʀᴛᴏɴ.ɴᴇᴛ.ᴀᴜ
Raisa is a local coconut farmer. He's from a village that's a 15 minute boat ride from our island but spends a lot of his time living here harvesting copra and often working as a porter to help us with our supplies. He speaks very little Indonesian and with my equally limited Bahasa Mentawai, our meetings are often restricted to a handshake and a simple greeting. Despite being intrigued by him, I still know very little about his life. It's another regular reminder about the many aspects of the unique culture out here in the Mentawai Islands.
Bank Vaults from the photo vault. This image came up while digging through the hard drives recently and I got all nostalgic. This was June 2012 and was some of the biggest surf I had swum in at that time. When I look at this I can still remember the adrenaline as I kicked my way into the line-up.
A close friend and fellow photographer @raenbow rolled into town last week and on our travels, we stumbled across some old 70s SLRs. We decided it was time to load them up and get re-inspired. It's been 10 years since I last shot with film and holy crap am I having fun with it! I'd gotten so used to being able to 'spray and pray' and review shots at will, I'd forgotten the joy of slowing things down and trying to make every single shot count. Here's one from above the sea fog at Blacks Beach a couple of nights ago. #35mm #canonae1 #kodakgold200 #nofilter
This morning in the surf I met a man who was paralysed from the waist down. Strapped to his custom board with a paddle in his hands, he was by far the happiest person in the water. As we were waiting for waves and chatting, he smiled and said to me "You can take the legs from the surfer but you can take the surfer from the surf". It made me realise just how beautiful and powerful this obsession is that we all have with the ocean. Stoke is a powerful thing. Hope you all felt some today in one way or another!