My plane cut down through a fluff of clouds. When it emerged, it revealed a stretch of blue water miles across. Afternoon was falling on the Cook Islands with a golden glow that reached from French Polynesia to the East and Tonga to the West. As the plane descended towards a single narrow landing strip, we could see boats crossing through small breaks in the barrier reefs.
The ocean went on forever. There are no land masses between these tropical islands and Antartica. Just water. Very blue water. And, it sparkled like diamonds and mercury glass shaken together.
We landed, grabbed our gear and headed out to capture the afternoon light. A seaplane dropped us at one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world, the legendary Aitutaki.
As a photographer, I am really just an artist who paints with light. My brush is a high definition capture system. The amazing color spectrum of the lagoon was my palette, in complete harmony with my vision.
I approached, hoping to hold the Universe in limbo for just an anxious second.
As I was shooting , a light summer rain begin to fall, chased out to sea by the summer trade winds. The sky cleared and I captured a perfectly pristine image of solitary oneness. A Castaway in Paradise.
This image became my newest release, Castaway.