Indulging my travel bug, I resolved to visit Papua New Guinea during the Mt. Hagen Festival to experience the culture that has been imbedded in this island nation over centuries. After having visited the villages I can confidently say that it is one of the few places on this Earth that is still holding on to so many of its original customs, for better or worse. I have never seen anything like it.
The Australian media heralds PNG as a dangerous, wild territory that no one in their right mind would want to visit, but we found the locals to be incredibly friendly and the daytime to be totally safe.
As we went along, I took both Instant camera film and my own shots so that I could give a little back. The smile on a mother's face and amazement on a child's as their first ever family portrait slowly developed on the film in their hands was fantastic.
(A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Portrait Equality which loans instant cameras and provides film so that traveling photographers can also leave family portraits along their travels.)