Balancing act with camera
KEVIN Glennon had no thought of putting together a book when he started taking photographs in Papua New Guinea in the mid-1980s.
Snapping away between shifts as an engineer with an oil company was just a hobby. ‘‘ It just happened,’’ he says of WildHoney ($39.95, www.kevinglennon.com), a collection of glossy images that tell a vivid story of everyday life in PNG.
Glennon, now based in Cairns, Queensland, had to take the self-publishing route and faces the limitations that brings: in Australia, the book is available only in Cairns and Townsville.
But at least it has been widely distributed in PNG, where it was launched by Governor-General Paulias Matane. Glennon hopes WildHoney will go some way to changing attitudes here about our neighbour.
‘‘ It gives a pretty positive spin on things,’’ he says. ‘‘ PNG gets a lot of bad publicity, so it’s an attempt to redress the balance.’’
There’s a second book on the way but, Glennon admits with a sigh, it’s slow going. The likely launch date is 2008. Meanwhile, readers can feast on this colourful collection of tribal dancers, misty waters, dramatic landscapes and gorgeous, smiling children. It’s an entertaining journey through rural PNG. Barry Oliver
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