YOU HAVE TO LOVE A BIG SMILE FROM THE PNG HIGHLANDS

A bit on the serious side for a tourism shot perhaps

A bit on the serious side for a tourism shot perhaps

Probably the biggest tip I can offer anyone photographing the cultural shows of Papua New Guinea is to engage your subject as their expectation is that you want to capture a serious photograph of them.

Proud, head-on and looking straight into the camera (above) is how they’ll often pose  for the camera – particularly the men. But,  just beneath the surface – as this young Chimbu woman joyously demonstrates (below) – you’ll find a smile and laughter eager to come out.

Eight days of the festival to go and so much to shoot, it’s hard to choose the best photographs. I’ll post a preview of my top 30 at the end of it.

Chimbu smile

a more welcoming Chimbu smile

…and I know I’m in trouble from at least one person for posting this!