Children of Papua 1

Jessie T. Ponce Photography

I’ve never done as many candid portraits in any country as I have in Papua New Guinea.  I don’t know why, but maybe it’s the richness and color of the Papuan culture — more than 800 tribes with distinct features — that often drew my lens toward the young ones and their parents or activities.  Or maybe it’s the simple, uncomplicated lives Papuans live.  I have visited a total of 8 villages inhabited by various tribes during my visit and there was always a child or groups of children who got captured in my camera.  The scene was not always lovely but I’m sure you can tell why they attracted my attention.