Polaroids from Papua New Guinea

png-polaroid-boys-alotau Papua New Guinea was an absolutely astonishing acquaintance back in November 2010 onboard True North. The people are the warmest most smiling and welcoming people one can imagine. The landscape is stunning tropical pristine lushness. The swimming and snorkeling is second to none. The photographic opportunities are never ending and my portrait and travel photography improved tenfold. A life changing journey (well everything we do is life changing, but this was significant). My Papua New Guinea gallery contains my released images, these are the quirky untold images, the polaroids of Papua New Guinea.




All aboard the boat at Tsoi Lik Island.


Christian attempting to impress the kids with his medium format Phase One.


In my element.


A fun visit to the Kavieng Market on the last day


Christian brought the Elinchrom Quadra flash pack and it was fun to play with it, it is so powerful. Overexposing a bit, I am here nuking the kids with light


Mark and his tutor 🙂


The kids of Papua New Guinea are the best part


I must edit the video I have of these guys, they rock!










I would go back in a heartbeat, Papua New Guinea is now right at the top of my list of favourite places on our planet. Similar to many pristine places on Earth, deforestation and mining is a big threat to the environment and life of Papua New Guinea. It is a spectacular feeling to visit remote villages on island where the people are completely self-sufficient. Not wishing to romanticize their life, they do live a hard life and suffer from medical conditions like malaria. The fact is though, that they were still some of the most friendly, smiling and happy people I have met. It seems the more material good we collect, the more money we have, the more cautious, suspicious and potentially unhappy we become. Places like Papua New Guinea and Borneo is a great reminder of the strength of the core of the human spirit. I would think it worthwhile for we in the westernized industrialized society to attempt to find that core again.


12 Comments on “Polaroids from Papua New Guinea”

  1. Polaroids? Maybe – but in the hands of a master. Your world has expanded like a Big Bang since you suddenly realized that the world is full of people. Bravo!

  2. NIce work little buddy!

    The subject matter was exceptional in one of those shots! 🙂

    Hope you're feeling better and that the man flu is on the way out…very serious…that man flu eh! 🙂

    1. Thanks buddy! I knew there was at least one of the images you would love 🙂 Man-flu is a bit better today, it seems to come and go and then come again. If only we could explain to the other half of the world how extremely dangerous man-flu is, we might attract more sympathy!

  3. Oh toughen up princess, you guys and your man flu, it's laughable. A very LOUD LOL!!!!!!!! Maybe you need to call your Mum to get sympathy Flemming, that's what I tell my hubby to do Ha Ha! Great shot's Flemming, it sounds Papua New Guinea is an amazing place.
    I agree with what your saying Flemming, it is true, money doesn't by happiness it comes from inside and not everyone is able to look inside themselves honestly.

      1. Andrea, now you know first aid for man flu victims, soup, a snuggle and “poor little bunny” reassurance till the paramedics arrive. You never know, it could save a man life 😀

  4. “the more material good we collect, the more money we have, the more cautious, suspicious and potentially unhappy we become.”

    That is too true. And also compromising the spirit’s strength and core that you speak off, with over reliance and losing sight of the things that do matter.

    Great pictures there. Those kids really hammed it up for you. I had to laugh at the caption under the one of Mark and the kid. Human spirit level in training!

    1. Thanks my friend. The kids of PNG are so much fun, most of them just love the camera and hamming it up. It can backfire however, both Mark and Christian made kids cry attempting to shoot portraits of them, very funny 😀

  5. Flemming – I love these. In fact these “informal” shots are spontaneous, showing the people in action, and interacting with their visitors (you) whereas your gallery shots seem more “formal” and posed.

    PS man flu is rarely fatal I believe.
    Ian Wiese

  6. Posed wasn’t actually the word I was looking for as the gallery shots certainly don’t give the impression of being posed. Perhaps I should have left it at “seem more formal”.


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