Students of the Boroma boarding school smoke a cigaret, hiding from the teachers in abandoned school building.
My recent story “Last of the Dani” from West Papua, Indonesia:
The Dani people populate the Baliem Valley in West Papua Province of Indonesia. They first came into contact with modern civilization in 1938 when the Baliem Valley was discovered by the American zoologist, Richard Archbold, during his expedition in New Guinea. At that time the Dani lived in the Stone Age and many had practiced cannibalism.
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October: I’m going trough New York and Dominican Republic to Haiti, where I’m starting new project. After Haiti I’m back to New York to attend the opening of the exhibition of the FotoEvidence Book award in VII Agency’s Gallery, where photos from my “Crying Meri” project will be exposed.
November: Papua New Guinea. Going to attend The PNG Human Rights Film festival in Port Moresby and continue working on “Crying Meri” project and couple of more photo-stories.
December-January: France, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine. Visiting my Portuguese, Russian and Ukranian relatives and working on 2 stories in Portugal and Russia.
February: Vanuatu. Hopefully I will be able to continue documenting Cargo cults of Tanna island.
A few posts ago I wrote about my experience with photographing the Santa Filomena slum in the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal. At that time – 2010, local authorities were planning the total demolition of this problematic neighbourhood and some houses were occasionally knock down when their residents moved to other places, to prevent the occupation of the barracks by new people.
When I was working in West Papua I received the news from Portugal, that Santa Filomena was being demolished. In the first phase of the plan city’s authorities were destroying 18 houses. For those who live in the slum unregistered, no alternative habitation was provided.
Because of this news I’ve decided to continue my work on this story and want to document the demolition process and the life of the slum even deeper. I already have air tickets to Portugal for this December and I hope to find Santa Filomena slum still on the place. Or at least some part of it.
A photo from my recent story “Last of the Dani”, which is about the native Dani people of West Papua (Indonesia) and how our civilisation is changing their life and traditions.
I’m already in Australia and brought from West Papua (Indonesia) new portrait story “Last of the Dani”, about the stone-age people from the Dani tribe and how their life has changed because of the extremely fast development in the Baliem Valley.
Coming soon, check for the updates!