Thursday, 2 December 2010

Mitchell Kanashkevich: Vanuatu (And More)

Photo © Mitchell Kanashkevich - All Rights Reserved
As promised, here's the updated website of Mitchell Kanashkevich, replete with new inspirational imagery of his recent travels. One of the best travel, documentary and cultural photographers I know, Mitchell describes himself as a tireless wanderer and documentarian. He's also an author, and published several popular ebooks. You'll also agree with me that Mitchell's photographs are gorgeous, and the new website is equally lovely. It's for a good reason that his website is on my blogroll.

On his website, he introduces us to various galleries of his travels in Vanuatu. The first gallery is of South West Bay, a remote enclave on the island of Malekula. It is separated from the rest of the island by mountains and dense forest, and the only way to get there is by sea or air. Until 50 years ago, its tribal inhabitants practiced cannibalism and warfare. Although the introduction of Christianity resulted in the disappearance of these practices, it also caused the erosion of traditional rituals and customs.

Vanuatu is an island nation located in the south Pacific ocean, and includes more than 80 islands, out of which 65 are inhabited. Its population is less than 220,000 and are of Melanesian descent. I came across Vanuatu while involved in the banking industry, as it's an offshore financial center and a tax haven...but I never imagined that it would have such visual beauty.