I’m going to be honest, visiting Papua New Guinea has never been on my bucket list. Sure, in overarching dreams of visiting every country in the world, but be it the stories of cannibalism or astronomical statistics of gender violence and sex crimes committed there, PNG has long been a “no rush.” However, when seeing Danish-born friend, graphic designer and incredible visual story teller Rune’s photos from a trip to Papua New Guinea researching malaria, I knew I had to share it with you. I’ve definitely viewed the island through Western eyes and the media does portray it as either, backwards or sinister — at the most positive, “exotic.” Rune’s beautiful images of PNG is definitely changing that for me.
All photos and captions by Rune Noël
PAPUA NEW GUINEA ’16
Pearls, pirates, preachers and people-eating people. Paradise is a peculiar place.