A few years ago, I started wishing I could find a way to get someone to pay me just to take photos and write. That wish came true earlier this year, when I was hired as Media Director for the Vanuatu Daily Post newspaper. Someone asked me once to explain a little about what I look for when I take photographs. Here’s what I told them: The very first theatre show I ever worked on was called How I Got That Story. It’s the tale of a sad-sack freelance reporter in Saigon during the Vietnam conflict who misses story after story. Until one day when he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a crowd. A Buddhist monk approaches him and asks to use his lighter. Before the hapless hero knows what is going on, the monk has doused himself with gasoline and used the lighter to immolate himself. I’ve never chased that kind of story, and until this year, I’ve rarely had it thrust upon me. I’m happy to cover the news, but left to myself I like the other kind of story what I like to call ‘the miracle of the mundane’. Those little moments that let you see wonder again in tiny bits of everyday existence. Those moments when people (whether they mean to or not) reveal some essential part of themselves and in so doing reveal the multifaceted beauty of human existence. I’ll leave Tahrir Square and Benghazi for others. I think we are most interesting when we are at peace or at least, fighting the smaller battles of day to day life. www.imagicity.com and www.humansofvanuatu.com.