Our trip to Maldives was a first for us. It is a long journey to get there.  It’s another four hours of flying beyond Dubai and then a sea plane and boat to Medhufaru.  But none of us were tired when we arrived. It was just so incredible to see the Indian ocean in person.

For the most part we relaxed on this trip. Lots of family bonding time, daily meditation, swimming, snorkeling and reading.

One day we made a short trip and visited the island of Kudafari. It’s a small fishing island with just 600 people living there. We met a few of the locals that told us about life on that island. We visited the school, hospital, mosque and the gathering spot where the elders spend each afternoon sharing life’s moments. A highlight of the trip for sure. 

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(All photographs taken with a Mamiya 7ii and Kodak Portra 400 film. Developed and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California)

New Zealand

Last month we visited New Zealand.

According to Wikipedia, New Zealand is the last country discovered by humans.  We got that feeling starting with the flight alone. It’s 18+ hours from the east coast of the United States. And as the plane approached it was clear to us that we have never seen a place like this before.

The country largely speaking is made up of the north island and the south island.

The north is a result of volcanic activity while the south island is a result of glacial activity. The north and south landscape couldn’t look more different and yet it’s all one proud country with a distinct Māori culture and such wonderful people.

I am so grateful we were able to make this trip as a family. It was our first trip to New Zealand but hopefully not our last.

More photographs here.

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These photographs were shot on Kodak Portra film with a Mamiya 7ii and a Leica MP. All images processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California.