Bal­anc­ing act with cam­era

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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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