I am currently working on a long-term documentary project in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The island of Bougainville has been hidden from the world by a 10-year civil war with the PNG Government. The war meant no medicine, no schools, no travel, no communication, no support for the people of Bougainville for over a decade. Despite this, they somehow managed to win the war and the Bougainvillean people are now recognised as an Autonomous State that has earned the right to vote for independence. That vote will take place between 2015 and 2019.
My goal is to connect with people from across Bougainville to document what life is like there, to stand as a witness to the forming of their nation and to add to their voice to the outside world.
At the beginning of 2015 I started a mentorship program which has helped to guide the beginning of this project. I will slowly start to post some of the images as I piece the story together.
If you wish to contact me about this project please use the following link – Contact Page.