BEN BOHANE is an Australian photojournalist, author and TV producer who has covered Asia and the Pacific islands for the past 25 years. He is the founder and present Director of Wakaphotos. After several years in Sydney working on alternative lifestyle magazines, Bohane’s first foreign reportage assignment was covering the Vietnamese army withdrawal from Cambodia in 1989. He then spent the next four years based in South and South East Asia covering the wars of Cambodia, Burma and Afghanistan. He secured the first interview with Golden Triangle opium warlord General Khun Sa in 1991 after he was indicted by the US. In 1992 he was reportedly the first western traveller to go overland from Kabul to Moscow in decades, as the Soviet Union was collapsing. In 1992 he was based in London covering Northern Ireland and Europe. In 1994, Bohane returned to Australia and began covering the much under-reported Pacific region. Since then he has focused on “kastom and conflict” throughout Melanesia and black Australia, documenting cults, cargo cults and new religious movements in the Pacific. While covering every major conflict in the South Pacific, he travelled and lived with a variety of tribal, cult and rebel groups and was thereby able to secure the first pictures of BRA leader Francis Ona in Bougainville in 1994 and the only interview and pictures of Guadalcanal warlord Harold Keke, before he surrendered to Australian and
Previous page: Dancers from the Lenapuas village during the Nekowiar festival, Tanna, 2010. The 30 minute long kastom dance is both exhausting and exhilarating for the dancers. By Philippe Metois. This page: The perfect beach. This photo was taken in the Reef Islands, part of the Banks group, back in 1995. Nothing much has changed since. The beach and the land are still as beautiful, pristine and untouched as they were then.
Top: A man returns to his home in the Ohlen neighbourhood of Port Vila after a day’s work in the garden. This photo was taken just a few hundred metres from the edge of town, a reminder of how lush Vanuatu is, by Dan Mcgarry. Bottom: A boy shelters between two elders during a massive kastom dance in Port Vila. Nearly 400 Tannese dancers performed the highly tabu Toka dance for the occasion. This is only the second time they have performed the dance outside the island of Tanna itself.
Top: A shot from Tusker’s road movie project. The movie is a love story between a young woman and a bus driver. The shot was taken to emulate a vintage image, by Valéry Lebeau. Next page: Miss Vanuatu. Portrait of Valérie Martinez, Miss Vanuatu, taken as part of the portfolio for the Official Miss Asia Pacific World 2013, by Valéry Lebeau.
Top: We like telling stories and like to shoot candid and spontaneous snaps. This one depicts some of Vanuatu’s treasures such as coconut palms, the sea, the Futuna Fatuana’s warriors, and not only a couple but a family! Taken in Erakor in May 2015 and the couple are Tahlia and Sam.by Groovy Banana. Bottom: During the Easter Promedical Post-pam action around the island, a very helpful deaf-and-dumb boy from Epule village (North Efate) fills plenty of water containers to bring to everyone. Cyclone Pam caused wide spread damage to water structures and catchments, especially in the southern part of the country. By Groovy Banana.
Go Green - Lumen - Eternal Flashlight That Doesn’t Need Batteries
Lumen is a flashlight that doesn’t need any external energy source except your warm touch. It does not need batteries, is virtually eternal and its brightness is comparable to that of a smartphone flashlight. Lumen operates on a relatively simple principle; you touch the TEG (Thermoelectric Generator), a small ceramic bar that can produce an electric current when it detects a temperature difference between the upper and lower parts of TEG. This project is being funded through kickstarter campaign. kickstarter. com/projects/940015402/lumen-eternalflashlight-that-doesnt-need-batterie/description.
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The Black Islands Spirit & War in Melanesia.
A rich visual journey through kastom and conflict in Melanesia spanning two decades by acclaimed photojournalist Ben Bohane. Available at World of Wonders and The Lava
Lounge, Port Vila Main Street.