Vlad Sokhin – In His Shadow

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A few months ago I had the privilege of meeting Vlad Sokhin, a documentary photographer here in Port Moresby. As a member of the PNG Photography Association, I was very happy to be part of the group that turned up to meet him and view some of his work. It was a very educational and also interesting to find out what documentary photography was about and of course meeting Vlad in person.

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Here dwarfed by Vlad, I couldn’t imagine that in 2013 I would be standing in the shadow of this iconic person. Winner of over 10 prestigious awards.

Vlad showed us some videos he had taken in Portugal, and a number of countries in Africa and elsewhere. I was fascinated at what his lens conveyed in pictures many ordinary lives of extraordinary people. I left before we got to Vlad’s photographs on specific themes here in Papua New Guinea.

I wish Vlad all the best in his future photography endeavours here and abroad.

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Vlad making a point in between his presentations.

Vlad is working on a project here locally in Port Moresby and environs so I wish him the best in that project.

Spasibo…

Habitat Destruction In Your Face

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This was the view from my office at the beginning of the week. Notice three fires in three different locations. This is happening like everyday. Just can’t escape it.

Sometimes the haze from the smoke settles over the Harbour and it is horrible.

I heard from people working in that area where the fires are that there are now snakes galore in those places!

The first thing that came to mind was…habitat destruction. Whilst I’m not fond of snakes, alive or dead, it does make one realise how fragile our Port Moresby and its environs have become.

Just today I was reading Oala Moi’s very eloquent article in the Masalai Blog about the growing disenfranchisement of the Motu-Koitabu and it really brought the point home…habitat destruction and through it dis-empowerment of people, animals and reptiles.

It’s not only the reptiles that are fleeing from their habitat and traditional lands….is it already becoming the survival of the fittest?

Food for thought for all who care about the environment and the increasingly fragile eco-systems.