@rhiannon_adam here posting my last shots from the #francescamaffeogallery #igtakeover ! The next few change tack slightly and introduce you to the project I’ll be showing at the gallery next spring. In 2015 I travelled to #Pitcairn #Island, a tiny volcanic blip in the #pacificocean, one of the world’s most #remote places and Britain’s last remaining Pacific #overseasterritory, home to just 42 people. The island is accessible only by quarterly supply vessel - I lived on island for 96 nights followed by a 17 day #oceancrossing to #NewZealand. Pitcairn is famous for two things - on the one hand the #romantic #idyll conjured by the #MutinyOnTheBounty story (the descendants of which still populate the island) and on the other, a darkness made clear by the prolific sexual abuse trials of 2004. It is truly an island of two halves. .
This image is of Royal Warren - one of the most agreeable islanders that I met. She lived with her two children, warring siblings Melva and Mike – a family of devout Seventh Day Adventists. While I was there, Mike was on trial for child pornography, and was naturally suspicious of me. I battled through, and forged, I suppose, what one could call a friendship with Mike, or at least by Pitcairn standards. I reserved judgement while his trial was taking place, playing dominoes at their home while Royal looked on. I often wondered what she was thinking of – her sharp and curious eyes flickering occasionally, before settling into a distant stare. She always looked as though she was remembering a better time, when life was easier, and then she would remember where she was, and what her family was going through, and her eyes would glass over in reticence. #polaroid #polaroisstories #instantfilm #expiredfilm #filmphotography #analog