I traveled to Indonesia in February and March 2018. Among all the places I visited, it was the people of Raja Ampat on the archipelago in West Papua province – and neighbour to Papua New Guinea – who particularly stood out for me, and that have inspired this work.
This photo-series aims to show a paradox. Education is important and in developed countries, we have better access to it. But education alone – and accomplishing big goals – doesn’t guarantee happiness. In contrast, in Raja Ampat, children and young adults don’t seem to get much education and nevertheless, people seem to live simple but happy lives. And that’s exactly what makes me ask if we can find a middle point that brings both of these worlds together.