Tears of the Moon
A portrait behind the most exclusive pearl in the world, the South Sea Pearl
by Robert Verspui
In the world of today things are changing very fast, with the growing world population and the expanding world market, people are more and more connected. Everybody, especially the western world is packed with goodies and suplies from all over the world. Without knowing it people in developing countries are making our clothes, technical devices, toys for our kids, much of the food we consume and also the most exclusive and expensive pearls for the luxury market.
This book contains a real portrait behind these small natural gems. Not only the hard and complex work proces but also life as it is in these remote and beautiful places
This photobook ‘ Tears of th moon, shows the relation between people from different worlds. Without knowing about each others existence the pearl connects them. It shows the difference and the universal similarities of people. This can give the viewers of this book a better idea of their own place in the small world of today.
Everything that fascinates and inspires me as a person and as a photographer was part of this project about the South Sea Pearls of Indonesia. Like unspoiled nature, marine biology, the relationship between man and nature, the relationship between people on a specific location and between people on a global scale.