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PRESERVING PARADISE

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Reflecting on heavenline­ss and heartbreak on Indonesia’s Komodo island.

What do you do about the memories you created with someone who’s no longer in your life? After working through a breakup, one photograph­er realized he could never fall out of love with Komodo.

EACH PHOTOGRAPH SALVA LÓPEZ TOOK OF THE beaches of Bali and the lush greenery of Komodo sparked memories of days spent sailing and snorkellin­g, and indulging in massages and seaside naps, while island-hopping in southern Indonesia with his partner. But beneath the calm surface of these idyllic snapshots, there’s a strong emotional current: López and his partner broke up just a few months later. After revisiting Komodo on his own, the artist realized that there is a resiliency to memories of exploratio­n and wonder. “I still often imagine sailing in search of the famous Komodo dragons,” he says. “It was a time when I felt true happiness.”

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 ??  ?? Out of the sun, in Labuan Bajo (top left). À l’abri du soleil à Labuan Bajo (en haut, à gauche). Kanawa Island, from the window (top right). L’île Kanawa, vue de la fenêtre (en haut, à droite). A papaya tree on Kanawa Island (bottom left). Un papayer sur l’île Kanawa (ci-contre).
Out of the sun, in Labuan Bajo (top left). À l’abri du soleil à Labuan Bajo (en haut, à gauche). Kanawa Island, from the window (top right). L’île Kanawa, vue de la fenêtre (en haut, à droite). A papaya tree on Kanawa Island (bottom left). Un papayer sur l’île Kanawa (ci-contre).
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Palm tree at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali. Palmier au temple Ulun Danu Beratan, à Bali.
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