This photo-drawing is part of a body of work titled Glimpses of Fiji. In 2014 I spent five months sailing around the Fijian Islands, meeting local people and discovering remote locations.
I met this fascinating little girl in a tiny remote village on Yasawa Island. She had wild hair — long, unlike the other girls. And unlike the other children she didn’t care much for white foreigners with cameras. She preferred to keep her distance and play alone on the beach. I was incredibly lucky to get a Nat-Geo-worthy shot of her (or so I like to think!) which I used as foundation for this black and white drawing.
This fierce little girl has a special place in my heart, I think this piece is very telling about the true nature of Fiji and the Pacific Islands. The earnest expression in her eyes is so disarming, it strips us of any prejudice and political bias, leaving only empathy and a feeling of true human connection.