Gallery InfoIn September of 2006, I set out to do the unthinkable; walk across the center of Papua. This feat had been accomplished before, but mostly with the aid of guides, porters, and the company of a large expedition. I, on the other hand, attempted it with just one other adventurous soul.
When we departed from Wamena, the starting point for many shorter jaunts around the great Baliem Valley, we had little information regarding what to expect on our journey. Armed with a random list of village names formulated the night before, a map of missionary landing strips and an Indonesian pocket dictionary, we set out. After a month of traversing mountain ranges in waist deep mud, climbing landslide paths, being lost, dealing with leaches, infected feet, a forty foot fall, treacherous river crossings, and malaria, while eating nothing but potatoes and bananas, we came out of the jungle enlightened, to say the least.
On our trip across Papua, we were exposed to some of the only remaining cultures and peoples of the world yet to be touched by globalization and development. We documented their ways and now share a glimpse of their lives, their past, and their future with you.
By 2008, a series of roads will be built from the coastal swamplands to the interior of Papua (a route similar to ours). This will inevitably bring motorization, mechanization, electricity, and consumer products to a cash-less and self-sustaining economy. What parts of the culture and lifestyle of the people of Papua will continue to be untouched remains to be seen. Ordering DetailsAll of our images are available for purchase as prints or can be licensed for commercial use. All prints are custom orders to satisfy your individual needs. Please contact us for pricing info. Return to Photography Main