Friday, October 21, 2011

As Water Rises, There’s No Place Like (or for) Home

Some of my work from Tuvalu is highlighted this week on The New York Times Lens and Green blogs

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

Demonstration on October 5, 2011.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Visit to Vaitupu

Tuvalu's largest island, Vaitupu is located in it's central region and takes about five hours by boat from the capital, Funafuti. Passengers are brought to Vaitupu's shores by smaller boats from the Manu Folau, one of two vessels that travel between Tuvalu's nine islands.

On Sunday, May 22nd a church goer is seen through the wall of Vaitupu's only guest house located behind the islands Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu (EKT) Church.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Andrew Puga

On April 11th to mark the end of a meeting of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, groups representing the Tuvaluan islands of Nanumaga and Vaitupua participated in a Fatele, a presentation of song and dance by two alternating groups. Andrew Puga danced with the Vaitupu island community.

Puga and 11 other dancers, singers and musicians will represent Tuvalu in "Water is Rising," a show touring the US later on this year organised by UCLA's Center for Intercultural Performance. Groups from Kiribati and Tokelau, other low-lying countries vulnerable to sea-level rise caused by climate change, will also be represented in the show. This image will be included in promotional materials for the tour.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Low tide at Funafala, one of Funafuti's islets on April 10, 2011

Rain over the lagoon on December 29, 2010, Fongafale, Funafuti

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tuvalu's Earth Hour

From 8:30 to 9:30pm on March 26th Tuvalu participated in earth hour, an event started in 2007 that creates climate change awareness by calling for a complete break from electricity usage for one whole hour. With the exception of some municipal buildings and the Tuvalu Electricity Corporation (TEC) power plant, all electricity in Tuvalu's capital Funafuti was shut down in observation of the event.

William Iliala waits for the signal to turn the switch at power substation One, one of five in Fongafale which control the power of the main island of Tuvalu's capital. Iliala has worked for the Tuvalu Electricity Corporation for ten years.

The Tuvalu Electricity Corporation (TEC) power plant sits directly across from the airport, centrally located in Tuvalu's capital, Funafuti. The plant creates electricity from burning diesel fuel. In the first moments of Earth Hour a long exposure highlights the few lights on in the plant, whose facade is illuminated by the headlights of passing motor bikes.

During the hour of darkness, the headlights of bikes and flashlights lit up the runway in central Funafuti.

Using bike as tripod, the view of a palm tree and sky is eerily flattened by a long exposure.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


The earthquake in Japan on March 11th sent tsunami warnings throughout the Pacific. In Tuvalu, a warning was issued, predicting a tsunami would hit Funafuti around 1:30am. Many people evacuated to two of the three buildings in Funafuti that are over two stories. Here in the three-story government building, people rested and waited for news until the the early hours of the morning.

Children sleep soundly on the top floor of the government building in Funafuti, Tuvalu's capital.

Teveia Lilipa, 69 listens to Tuvalu's only radio station for updates.

The atmosphere was relaxed on the second floor of the government building where some Funafuti residents had come to after hearing the tsunami warning. Many residents have evacuated for tsunami warnings before, and say the warnings happen about once a year.