Easter Island, a relatively small speck of land remotely situated 3,512 kilometres off the coast of Chile, has intrigued travellers for centuries. Also known as Rapa Nui, the island and its history have a way of capturing the imagination of anyone who visits. A thousand Moai, enormous rock statues standing several metres high, “inhabit” the island. The work involved in carving a single statue is unfathomable. How they were transported and placed atop their Ahu (platforms), often tens of kilometres away from the rock quarry, remains one of the world’s great unsolves mysteries.
For a photographer, there is potential not just in capturing these ancient relics and photogenic statues, but also in the surrounding landscapes. Simply put: Easter Island is a beautiful place, with a rugged coastline, volcanic features, a gentle interior where wild horses roam, and turquoise-blue seas.
With Polynesian roots and a more modern-day Chilean influence, Rapa Nui has a unique blend of cultures, food (hello, ceviche) and language. It is a remarkable place that truly lives up to its reputation. Here is a body of work from my visit back in February 2019. I’m headed back there for a photography workshop in March 2020 – you’ll find all the details over on OFFBEAT if you’d like to join in!
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ENIGMATIC EASTER ISLAND
I’ll be taking a group to Easter Island next year with OFFBEAT Photography, March 23-29, 2020! Check out all the workshop details here.