liklik pikinini boi bilong Tavuvur

One of my favourite shots from PNG and the one that I sold at PNG's best Art Show; the annual Luk Save event.

The kids of Matupit live not far from this spot, their roads are long since disappeared and their homes are continually being dusted in ash. Asthma and other respiratory diseases are and please excuse the pun, choking the community. But by foot and by rusty bicycle they come to this spot to sell their wares and ask for kustom moni.

When Tavurvur got serious this day and blew its top, this young boy asked if I could take his photo. I will admit that I was only really keen on taking shots of Mother Nature at her most fearsome but I then thought, about a photo of the kids and the volcano. So they all lined up and sat or stood on this rocky pile of ash and I got some coolio shots.

Photo taken 30 March 2008 at Tavurvur, ENBP. Title reads: Small Boy of the Volcano.
Fabulous! Fav!
posted March 29th, 2012  
Just Awesome!......Incredible capture Jason! Fav
posted March 29th, 2012  
Fav. You sure you didn't photoshop him in ??? :oD
posted March 29th, 2012  
Wow, a very interesting capture. Great shot.
posted March 29th, 2012  
it's behind you!!! but yep it's got the fav factor dude!
posted March 29th, 2012  
Amazing..Fav!
posted March 29th, 2012  
Very cool. And what a huge contrast in the sky back there. Amazing what that thing is spewing into the air.
posted March 29th, 2012  
@tamsg4 @annbo @moirab @herecirm @houdiniem - Oh wow, 5 visitors and 5 faves! That's gonna put some pressure on whomever posts next...

Thank you oh so much for the love! And hee hee hee at Miss Emily's comment :D
posted March 29th, 2012  
@bobfoto i knew you'd like it!
posted March 29th, 2012  
@groovygirlrn - Thank you Sheri, you are keeping the dream alive, but then @geocacheking got realistic.... ;)

And thank you Mr T, it is indeed amazing to see what that hole in the ground is doing, and I keep saying it, but the noise was amazeballs!
posted March 29th, 2012  
@houdiniem - this boy was pretty quick on his bicycle... although the chain squeaked a bit.
posted March 29th, 2012  
Most excellent shot! The body language and smile are so engaging. The background is surreal, the colors and moody ash clouds, reminds me of the Mona Lisa for some reason. Fantastical!
posted March 29th, 2012  
This is awesome!
posted March 29th, 2012  
@ashleycampbell9 - Why thank you Ashley... and now you have me wondering if there is any connection between your name and what falls from the sky in this photo... ;) Thank you.
posted March 29th, 2012  
@robv - Oh Mr Velten, thank you very much... the Mona Lisa no less!
posted March 29th, 2012  
great shot, another happy kid with an awesome volcano and jade waters - great combo
posted March 29th, 2012  
Wow!!! What a great shot!
posted March 29th, 2012  
@lbmcshutter - surely a scene like this occurs on any given Saturday around Lake Burley? ;)
posted March 29th, 2012  
@claudegraphy - Why thanks Claude, thank you!
posted March 29th, 2012  
awesome!
posted March 29th, 2012  
Woooow!! Amazing! Instafav!
posted March 29th, 2012  
@helenw2 @shutterbugger - thankyouthankyouthankyou!
posted March 29th, 2012  
nice....you do have a great knack of capturing the people, the mood and the surroundings...a natural story teller.
posted March 29th, 2012  
Insta fav. Not much more to say
posted March 29th, 2012  
fav.
this is so incredibal. amazing.
posted March 29th, 2012  
Awesome! And, following on from Scott's point - you've got a great way of getting the attention of the people; without them appearing to be posing.
posted March 29th, 2012  
wonderful portrait, wonder what he's up to today ...
posted March 29th, 2012  
@bobfoto I love your new profile pic btw :)
posted March 29th, 2012  
Ah, We flew into Rabual's new airport in 2010/11. We were crew changing out of Kokopo and used to sail out passed the Volcano still smoking away. Great Photo by the way, I think the kid makes it stand out from all the rest of the usual volcano photos.
posted March 29th, 2012  
Great shot. Love his pose.
posted March 29th, 2012  
you were right, this is so amazing Jason!! lovelovelove
posted March 29th, 2012  
He looks like he is pointing at you saying " you da man" !!
Do I have to say it? OK I'll say it.....Fav
posted March 29th, 2012  
He's a stunning lad. A beautiful smile to go with the angry volcano. Beautifully taken.
posted March 29th, 2012  
I look at your pictures and get so jealous of your skills. Great story teller and beautiful colours! Definitely a fav!
posted March 29th, 2012  
So love this shot!
posted March 30th, 2012  
Great portrait
posted March 30th, 2012  
Another amazing shot. I am loving all the volcano pics.
posted March 30th, 2012  
Awesome shot, Jason! Fav!
posted March 30th, 2012  
OMG. Priceless!!!
posted March 30th, 2012  
Great shot! I like the contrast between the boy at ease while the volcano blows its top in the background. While I was wishing I could get an erupting volcano shot, I did not think about my asthma. Volcano dust and my asthma would not do well together.
posted March 30th, 2012  
Love the volcano and the boys rusty hair, almost looks like it could be singed.
posted March 30th, 2012  
Wow, amazing capture! The contrast of the volcano rupturing in the background with the joy on the face of the boy, magical.
posted March 30th, 2012  
Just amazing Jason! Fav!
posted March 30th, 2012  
I think most words have been used and they are all spot on as this is an incredible shot.
posted March 30th, 2012  
Amazing shot Jason, this is very dramatic =)
posted March 30th, 2012  
l'll just say FAVE.
posted March 30th, 2012  
That would be a once in a lifetime shot for most people Jason and you managed to get quite a few by the sounds of it. Not to many people are going to have a smoking volcano for a backdrop for the portrait shots:):) fave
posted March 30th, 2012  
Amazing shot.. I love how calm the kid is while the volcano erupts.. :-)
posted March 30th, 2012  
That is a freakin' fantastic photo - fav.
posted March 30th, 2012  
It's one of those shots that's next to impossible not to react to, a kid with a bright smile and a raging volcano behind him, it's certainly not something one sees every day!
posted March 30th, 2012  
How can you cannot connect with this photo. The unpredictable volcano and the poverty of the boy, both contrasting with that amazing smile.
posted March 30th, 2012  
Great portrait and super background, Jason. Wow!
posted March 30th, 2012  
Awesome capture and a fav
posted March 30th, 2012  
So gorgeous. Splendid composition.
posted March 30th, 2012  
This one's perfect!! Nothing but a FAV for me!!
posted March 30th, 2012  
Jason, this is just awesome. It almost looks like a canvas behind the child.
posted March 30th, 2012  
Totally cool! Fav!
posted March 30th, 2012  
oh wow Jason this is fanbloodytastic!!! Very 'coolio' shot, huge fave!
posted March 30th, 2012  
Fabulous capture!
posted March 30th, 2012  
Great photo. Fav.
posted March 30th, 2012  
Wow!!
posted March 30th, 2012  
awesome! :) but yeah i believe that the vulcano also causes problems like you said..
posted March 30th, 2012  
An excellent and very atmospheric shot Jason!
posted March 30th, 2012  
I know...sometimes I can be such a buzz-kill bringing things back to reality. ;) Can't help it I think it was the way I was raised, probably wasn't hugged enough as a child. But doesn't take away from the awesomeness of this. :)
posted March 30th, 2012  
Wow!! Great image
posted March 30th, 2012  
what a great shot......another fav, Jason!
posted March 30th, 2012  
This photo seems to tell a story beyond the elements in view. I love it.
posted March 30th, 2012  
Brilliant capture,great background!! FAV!
posted March 30th, 2012  
...fantastic...love this......:)))))
posted March 30th, 2012  
Glad you did! The boy makes this pic! What a spirited smile! Then the two together (boy and volcano) are just amazing...
posted March 30th, 2012  
Congratulations on the PP with this very deserving shot, Jason!! This gives testament to the need to always have a camera with you!
posted March 31st, 2012  
yep its fabulous!
posted March 31st, 2012  
wow man this is great.. a fav from me...
posted March 31st, 2012  
oh boy... where do I begin? Thankyou everyone, and thank you for the faves!

@scottkaway @peterdegraaff - Thanks guys, I appreciate it!

@kdimagery - Incredibal and Amazing? We call that Amazeballs!

@emmadw - Oh Emmadw, if you had seen these kids working the camera, they knew they were posing! I think the adrenaline was rushing for all!

@steveh - I wonder too Steve, there are a few portraits that I took in PNG that make me think, what is the future for this particular guy or girl... where is their horizon and where will their dreams take them?

@shutterbugger - Thank you Jenn :)

@gkf2 - Thanks Graham, and yes, there are a lot of generic shots of Tavurvur going around.

@beckys @luvthyclassics - Thanks BeckyS and thanks Jesse, thanks for the love!

@onie - I reckon he was saying "I'm da man, and dis here me bitchin' 'cano"

@kareen @dishaparekh176 - Thank you Kareen and thank you Disha, although no need to be jealous... I just point the camera and press the little button. Olympus does the rest. ;)

@pennymilner @kimmistephens @tigerdreamer @cjwhite @dmcrisp - Why thank you ladies :D

@veekay - the kids were lining up for a shot. I think they loved the attention!

@stacyval - They were calm about the mountain that lives next door, but they were excited about seeing the hairy white guy with the camera... ;)

@cristina3611 - Thanks Cristina!

@myautofocuslife @swguevin @kloud - Thank you ladies and yes, not a scene seen every day ;)

@swilde @sangwann - Cheers Sue and Dione!

@yogee246 @sebella @marzenka @trude @zferrie @corymbia @boogie - Oh thankyouythankyouthankyou oh so much!!!

@agentzuckerguss - respiratory problems are rife in this part of PNG, and the government of course are not willing to spend money on a hospital that keeps on being buried in ash.

@will_wooderson - Thank you William :)

@geocacheking - You're no buzzkill. Not at all.

@kerristephens @mjmaven @herussell @carolmw @worthon - Oh thank you all so much!!!

@espyetta @grammyn @danig - thank you ladies, I do appreciate your wonderful comments!
posted March 31st, 2012  
wow this is just amazing.
I love your work. You've got such a journalistic style. I'm jealous
posted March 31st, 2012  
@andycoleborn - Cheers Andy C, thank you very much!
posted March 31st, 2012  
@gypsylady - oh Arielle, please no jealousy. A little envy is okay. ;)
posted March 31st, 2012  
Grreat shot, , I agree with Arielle @gypsylady
posted March 31st, 2012  
Love this picture so much! Fav
posted March 31st, 2012  
@missvicki - Why thank you Vicki :)

@ulpiphotos - thanks Ulpi, thank you :D
posted March 31st, 2012  
a wonderful shot! color of the water is beautiful.....
posted March 31st, 2012  
Wow! Amazing shot!!!!
posted March 31st, 2012  
So much beauty in that shot - from the chap to the water to the volcano... wonderful take.
posted March 31st, 2012  
@tooki - the colour is from the eruption and the release of sulphur below the water. Prior to the eruption that day, the water was just a dull grey!

@wannabe - Thanks Catherine :)

@filsie65 - Why thank you Phil!
posted March 31st, 2012  
i would fav this a dozen time if i could!
posted March 31st, 2012  
I just found your project and it absolutely fantastic!!!! Amazing pictures!
posted March 31st, 2012  
Wow, you are some lucky guy! Getting to see this phenomena in such surroundings and then even better getting this little chap posing for you as if nothing was going on behind him...You Rock Jason!
FAV! and FOLLOW!
posted March 31st, 2012  
fantastic picture... it should be in a cover of a magazine...

another fav here!
posted March 31st, 2012  
wow this shot is beautiful. wonderful portrait. fav
posted March 31st, 2012  
Wow!!!
posted March 31st, 2012  
Wonderful shot. The ground the boy is sitting resembles a volcano.
posted March 31st, 2012  
@paulaag - you could always open some new accounts? You know, some for your family, some for your pets... get your work colleagues to sign up??? LOL!

@zuzana @rwhite @jojisteel - Thank you Zuzana, Rosie and Joji, thank you for the following, and I do hope you enjoy the journey as I spend the next 9 months continuing my retrospective journey of Papua New Guinea.

@carrapeta00 - Oh thank you Lara, thanks :)

@kmwilliams @angievega - Dear Kate and Angie, thank you ladies! #:0)=
posted March 31st, 2012  
WOW
posted March 31st, 2012  
@giffy - Thanks Giffy!
posted April 1st, 2012  
Incredible! Wow! Amazing! This shot looks so surreal and holds so much emotion. The volcano in the back, yet the smile on this boys face! What a juxtaposition of emotion! FAV!
posted April 1st, 2012  
What can I say that has not aleady been said. Cheeky kid & awesome mountian. A great combo & shot!
posted April 1st, 2012  
Awesome shot - something about it doesn't look real which is a bit weird
posted April 1st, 2012  
@jaimeratchford @nikond40x @kjarn - thank you ladies, but let me assure you that yes, this did happen, despite the distraction in the background!
posted April 1st, 2012  
Mel
This is an amazing shot! very deserved of all the comments and favs
posted April 1st, 2012  
@emjay8 - Thanks Mel :)
posted April 1st, 2012  
What an odd combination-erupting volcano and smiling boy!! Makes for a great shot, Jason! FAV
posted April 1st, 2012  
amazing
posted April 1st, 2012  
@buttercup - Thanks Mary :)

@gs365 - Thank you Grant!
posted April 2nd, 2012  
An amazing shot Jason ...fav!!
posted April 2nd, 2012  
That's just incredible.. What a crazy thing to see and have it be no big deal.. I guess different lives and such, but wow..
posted April 3rd, 2012  
@michelle58 - Why thank you Michelle :)

@buggus - Thanks Oleta, it was so cool to see!
posted April 3rd, 2012  
Amazing photo!! Love this guys happy smile and the vivid colours... Fav.
posted April 4th, 2012  
@jupiterjanes - YAY Sarah, you are fave #50 and I was beginning to wonder if I might have to post another Discussion thread ;)

Thank you so much :)
posted April 4th, 2012  
Wow! Super cool pic. Nat Geo-worthy for sure!
posted April 6th, 2012  
@tabbycat - Thanks Tabbycat :)
posted April 6th, 2012  
He's worth the time to photograph! You've got so many great images of the people and places you've seen... obviously some stand out more than others. This child reads well on film, his skin is gorgeous and the blonde hair adds to this golden undertone in his skin. His personality is just shining through.

The volcano's nice too. ;)
posted April 16th, 2012  
@hellcat - there are so many little stories to this shot. Why does he have blonde hair, the poor state of his shorts, how tough are his feet, so glad his hand hides his uggets, how is his health, what is his future...

Thank you Hellcat :)
posted April 17th, 2012  
Absolutely. Children are the common denominator across the world that make the rest of us stop and wonder if what we are doing is going to negatively impact them, how we can insure a better future for them, what we can do in the moment. In my opinion, whether you want children or not, there is an internal drive to feel more compassion where children are concerned. OH... and I have a question for you but it's not 365 appropriate. I'll try not to forget to ask. Through studies I became curious about something PNG related.

Anyways, back on topic, I've assumed that the reason for his hair color is similar to the reason that there were Native Americans with blonde hair. The Viking lore, or blood mixture... unless they participate in bleaching "rituals".

Everyone there looks like they have tough feet...

I'm not sure what uggets are, but if they're the gap in his shorts, and you ever run into that problem, just burn it out as a shadow.
posted April 17th, 2012  
@hellcat - The blondeness of the Tolai people can be traced back to Germanic origin, it was a German Colony at one stage. Interesting though, the Mainland of PNG where it too was under German administration, does not have any blonde clans. And right on the tip of PNG I found a tribe of red-headed PNGeans.

And his uggets are what could have been seen further up inside his trouser leg, luckily they were not on display.

And you should see the feet of the highlanders! As wide as they are long!
posted April 17th, 2012  
Damn Germans. ;)

When you say the tribe, do you mean the whole tribe or a percentage of the tribe? Genetically, red and blonde isn't dominate so it's interesting to me that there would be a high concentration of that color of hair.
posted April 17th, 2012  
@hellcat - It was predominantly the women of the village, although I did see one or two boys with Ginger hair. A percentage would be a more accurate guess.
posted April 17th, 2012  
That's cool... even more interesting that it was predominately the women. :D
posted April 17th, 2012  
Oh... "Damn Germans" totally a joke... I could, in very broken and childlike German, tell you that mein opa was half German himself.
posted April 17th, 2012  
@hellcat - not only did they have ginger hair, but their skin was lighter and freckled.
posted April 17th, 2012  
I bet they were/are beautiful!
posted April 18th, 2012  
@hellcat - I asked one particular lady if she could be my guide for the afternoon and she was cool with that. She showed me around parts of her Town not normally frequented by White Guys, and the cool thing was she grew up being educated in London, UK and she spoke her own Tok Ples language and English, but knew nothing about the bastard language Pidgin of the Mountain people, so I was the interpreter at times! She was pretty cool and laid back, and pined for being back in the UK....
posted April 18th, 2012  
Something else again! What an amazing scene. I wonder where he is now?
posted April 26th, 2013  
@dandolo - I'll try and find out somehow...
posted April 27th, 2013  
I just came to this shot via your link on your lady in repose shot. my GOSH......this is beautiful as well. another fav for me. Please do let us all know when/if you get a book done!
posted January 30th, 2014  
@sticksandstones - Thanks Jenny and thank you for fave #50 :)
posted January 30th, 2014  
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