Deep In The Jungle, a Lost WWII Plane
Deep in the Papuan jungle, quietly resting for around 60 years, there is a story desperately long for home, a peaceful end to World War II in which they fought so bravely.
Deep in the Papuan jungle, there are silent voices, voices that have been longing for closure, lives that came to a sacrificial end while serving their people and sense of nationalism. Quietly resting for around 60 years, they desperately long for home, a peaceful end to World War II in which they fought so bravely.
My dream job is multifaceted in approach. Locating a particular World War II plane that is said to be untouched due to the Animistic beliefs of a tribal group, photographing the extensive journey into the jungle, and searching out the dog tags and plane number will bring closure for families who have lost their loved ones, and will honor the people willing to give their lives for service, a worthy and notable cause.
This journey and dream continues on, having lived on the island of Papua, I have developed a deep love and understanding for the people and culture; this love has extended to my husband who immediately fell in love while visiting this gorgeous land. We have ventured out on a project together, documenting and gathering artifacts of the fascinating culture of the Papuan people to publish in books and galleries, this is important because it is a land of people who are losing a nationalistic identity as globalization progresses and infiltrates. We long to visually educate others about these beautiful people and share their stories.
Another key aspect of our dream is found in our most recent project for Santa Barbara’s best private school. This hands on educational conference focused on World War II this year, and the experience was life altering. We documented 18 speakers with video and still photography, they shared first hand experiences during World War II, and it was impossible to walk away unchanged. These amazing stories of survival and daily life included a machinist, a Rosie the Riveter, prisoners of war, Holocaust survivors, pilots, gunman, a command navigator and a seaman, all of whom lurched our dream into awakening. Someone who lost a loved one in that war may still be holding onto the hope and belief that they will have a sense of closure in their lifetime, and my husband and I can use our lives to be a part of that beautiful reunion with their family members, friend, or fellow soldier.
My husband and I want to share our passion for people, the highest value and honor is helping them, and with your vote, you would be playing a part. We raise our children together, we value opinions of our families, we honor culture, history, personal perspective, and desire to use our ability with photography to preserve these stories forever by documenting them and allowing them to transcend their own time period.