It’s a testament to the beauty and appeal of the Cook Islands that, even during the rainy season (when 23 out of the 26 days I’ve just spent photographing them have been either raining or overcast), the destination can still gift you with a portfolio of images like these (below).

This is my last assignment for what has been a particularly turbulent year (with Saturn returning and Donald Trump still at the helm), but it ends with me rejuvenated and excited by my plans to build the largest commercial photo library on the entire South Pacific (

There is much that will come from the library which I am confident will benefit the region,  including a shared commitment with national tourism authorities to my long-held passion to record the region’s disappearing traditional cultures.

To my family and friends who are familiar with my travails, and to those I don’t know who have begun following me on my new Facebook page at David Kirkland Photography, let me take this opportunity to wish you and yours all the best over the festive period and for the year ahead.

There are many great photographs still to be captured in this most fascinating part of the world ……..and I look forward to returning mid February to try and lay claim to at least a few of them.