twenty :: papua new guinea

Twenty is a series of pictures from the first 20 years of my professional career.

Papua New Guinea is an incredible country, full of people living in very isolated conditions and extremely beautiful.  I’ve been fortunate enough to visit twice, both times with MAF, who operate light aircraft flying into some for the most remote communities, enabling them to stay in touch with local government, healthcare and church workers.

As I’m not in the office, I don’t have my notes for this precise location, but I remember it very clearly – the aircraft landed in a circular motion, and from about halfway round the circle, the only place you are going is down – the actual airstrip was a very steep slope, which slowed the aircraft down, and at the end of the airstrip, there was a sheer vertical cliff face going up some hundreds of feet – totally terrifying to land into, but some of the MAF pilots were flying into there five times a day – hugely experienced and skilled men and women.

This particular image is of a group of mothers from the local school (which is supported by MAF’s flights) collecting reeds and branches to help build new toilets for the school – I rather like the pattern they make as they walk down the hill.

Women building school toilets, Papua New Guinea, 2007 :: photo copyright Richard Hanson for MAF

Women building school toilets, Papua New Guinea, 2007 :: photo copyright Richard Hanson for MAF

 

richard hanson :: photographer :: sheffield

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