Sunday, April 26, 2009

Guest Blog - My Photo Assistant - Kyle Sparks

I wanted to do a guest blog with my assistant Kyle Sparks. He was been working with me on most of my projects. I love this story he did so thought I would share it with you guys check it out.

Residents of Koroipita
Many people fail to realize that Fiji is not just great surf, five star beach resorts, clear warm water, and white sand beaches without a single grain of sand out of place. The truth is that Fiji is still a third world country and even though it contains hundreds of pristine tropical islands, one does not have to look far to see the face of hunger and poverty. In 1985 a group of Australian rotary members, lead by Peter Drysdale, realized this problem and decided to take action by creating the Koroipita project.
In the Fijian language “Koroipita” means village of Peter. Koroipita is a small village outside of Lautoka on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu. The project was established to help local Fijians and Indian Fijians get out of the slums of Fiji and into homes complete with a kitchen house, a bathroom, electricity, and clean running water. Currently Koroipita has over eighty homes, a kindergarten, a small store, a large kitchen area, and a community meeting area. In the near future Peter will undertake the second stage of construction called K2. K2 will add more homes and a large warehouse style building for volunteers to stay at when they are helping during the building process.
Residents of Koroipita is an in-depth portrait series focusing on the villagers who thrive in Koroipita. The images in this series tell the unique stories through personal environmental portraits.

Kyle Sparks Website.