Paul Claxton was the expedition’s official photographer. His photos are a unique record of a special experience and place that would become significant in the lives of the many young people who ventured there. As you can see here he took some stunning shots and like all talented photographers he had an eye for detail that the rest of us missed while we focused on the projects and tasks at hand. Tragically Paul lost his life on Gunung Binaia, an event that affected us all deeply. Paul had been accompanied by a young venturer Ashley Hyett who also fell but survived despite serious injuries. The terrain up the mountain was so steep and rugged that it took two weeks to locate Paul and Ashley and transport them down the mountain to Kanikeh. It was a very sad and stressful time for everyone involved. We held a service for Paul in Kanikeh and a memorial to him was later established in the village. I will remember Paul for his adventurous spirit, his huge smile and his skill as a great photographer.
Seram elder whose teeth have been stained black by chewing on betel leaf.Chris Kendall (OR staff) and Scottish vet Alistair MacDonald with Bapak Rajah, the head of Kanike village.Delightful elder woman with the most gorgeous smile 🙂Venturer Christine making friendship bracelets in Manusela.Young British venturer Denise hard at work constructing the new school in Manusela.OR staff conduct the daily radio sched in Manusela.David Jones about to depart Kanikeh.Preparing to leave Kanikeh for the walk to Manusela.OR staff Danny (Australia) and Nick (UK) walking along the Wae Toluorang river to Kanikeh.Village students in class at the school in Kanikeh.A family outside their house in the mountain village of Kanikeh.Coconut groveGiant bambooLichens and tree ferns on the summit of Gunung Binaia.Summit of Gunung Binaia