Ben Bo­hane

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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 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.

Ar­ckit: Build re­al­is­tic ar­chi­tec­tural mod­els

Fash­ioned af­ter the same mod­ern pan­elled build­ing tech­niques used in ac­tual con­struc­tion, the sys­tem in­cludes mul­ti­ple mod­ules that snap to­gether to cre­ate a di­verse range of struc­tures. From walls to floors to bal­conies to doors to stairs, you can use it to cre­ate re­al­is­tic ex­te­ri­ors and in­te­ri­ors with un­prece­dented con­ve­nience. Avail­able from Ama­zon. Baker’s Edge Brownie Pan - Ev ery slice of brownie can have two chewy edges The Baker’s Edge Brownie Pan lets you bake brown­ies that guar­an­tee at least two crunchy and chewy edges for ev­ery serv­ing. The gourmet bak­ing pan comes with mul­ti­ple di­viders that let you bake brown­ies pack­ing a gen­er­ous amount of those de­lec­ta­ble chewy edges. Ama­zon has the Baker’s Edge Brownie Pan avail­able.

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.

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