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Maka‘i is a photographic journey on the ocean as seen through Kristianne Koch Riddle's photographic eye.
The sailing trip took her and her husband, Jim-before they were married-on a 10,000 nautical mile voyage from San Diego, CA to nine of the most beautiful islands in French Polynesia and four of the Hawai‘ian Islands.


About the Author

Kristianne Koch Photography
thoughtgap San Clemente, CA

After receiving my BFA in fine art photography, I embarked on intermittent travel and mountaineering expeditions through Africa, Europe, Mexico and the United States. In 1997 I met my husband and soon after we set out on a life changing adventure together. We sailed from San Diego, CA to the South Pacific and then north to Hawaii. The first leg of our two year trip was 3200 nautical miles at sea with no sight of land for 27 days. The passage was lonely, exhausting and hallucinatory yet it aroused my passion for the sea.

No communication with the outside world forced me to acquire a deep sense of faith and secured my penchant for freedom. I began to understand what life was about, how fragile yet how capable we are. Then on the passage from Nuku Hiva to Oahu, I read House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende and came to the realization that my next accomplishment was to become a mother.

I still live in a California surf town and work as a commercial and fine art photographer.

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globalism says

Must have been an amazing trip! Your pictures really capture some of these moments. Thanks, and you've got my vote.

posted at 04:11pm Nov 09 PST

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