The Three Musketeers tend to have almost too much fun competing constantly. First, discussing who spotted this timeless micro island. Mark spotted it from the air in the helicopter, Christian and I spotted it while snorkeling. Let us call it a draw! I shall still dub this Markie Island in honour of my friend, as Mark quickly organized a tender boat to take us there and photograph it and then catch up with the True North later. You da man as always my friend, thanks! Second, we competed for capturing the best image from the island. What the prize was and who probably got lost in another competition. Regardless, I am positive I won. I am in another Jedi league altogether.
The island would be a fantastic little Summer getaway. With a big swell you could possibly become a bit wet but apart from that it has all you need.This is captured just as we approached the island, holding the 5D dangerously close to saltwater (but not dropping it). I wished to frame the island with the dramatic sky and the camera dramatically low to capture the crystal clear paradisiac waters of PNG. It is a single shot, cropped slightly and with a natural less is more work-in-progress post processing:
The Island of Infinity
This is a timeless slice of Papua New Guinea. Nothing on this island will reveal Time (well except the Three Musketeers in a boat). This has me thinking. Time has always been non-linear for me and my mind seems to be able to exist in different timelines simultaneously. Time slows down and speeds up. Time has slowed down for me a few times these past days, something it has not done in half a year. It has opened the flood gates to still breathing timelines I have recorded but yet to process. As I inserted coins into the washing machine yesterday my mind was living in many places at once. I slipped to and from timelines of coin operated laundry in Beatty, Nevada; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Østerbro, Copenhagen. When I walk the streets of Cairns and Dave Matthews provides the soundtrack I am whisked away to driving long beautiful stretches of road in desolate Death Valley.
You cannot capture something truly timeless as you freeze time when you capture it. Still; this island would seem to exist in a sea of time of it’s own forever fascinating the visitor. Possibly I need an Island of Infinity to process some of my recordings; pause time for a spell.
True North True Heaven
A huge thank you to Mark for the opportunity to go on True North to PNG. It blew my mind mate. True North is a ship in a league of it’s own and a big thank you to the awesome crew. Thanks to my fellow musketeers Mark and Christian, and Jen and Lee-anne. Hi to all my fellow passengers, special mention to Greggy of the Volcano Visual Artist Pioneers Team! True North, the ship, the crew, the company, the experience is one awe-inspiring adventure. Oh sorry I was naughty and kept turning off the air-con in my room, I do not like air-con. Oh and can I have one more pancake for breakfast please? Oh I forgot I am now in a backpackers…oh how to deal with reality after heaven?