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Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Posted 3:00 PM by Tevita
Book Review: SOLOMON ISLANDS --A SOUTH SEAS JOURNEY
From : Island Business
Living in the SolomonsPatrick Pikacha Photographer and writer Mike McCoy lived in the Solomon islands for 26 years, from the late 60s to the mid-90s. His work is well known, both within the Solomons and internationally. In the 80s and 90s, McCoy was a regular contributor to ISLANDS BUSINESS. This latest book of his is a beautifully written and superbly photographed account of his many years as a Solomons resident.The foreword is written by Professor Tim Flannery, internationally renowned environmental scientist, best-selling author, and 2007 Australian of the Year. Flannery writes: “Mike McCoy lived in Solomon Islands for 26 years, and he has visited virtually every island of the group, consequently, very few people know this remote archipelago as well. Thankfully, as this book attests, he also ranks among the world’s great natural history photographers. His photographs of submarine life are as stunning as his land-based images, and very few photographers can achieve such empathetic images of indigenous peoples. Having worked with him in the Solomons, I think perhaps that’s because McCoy is known and loved throughout the islands, allowing him to view and photograph the Solomons people as true friends and compatriots.There are many islands and experiences portrayed in McCoy’s book; accounts that still captivate one’s imagination, and recall the romantic South Pacific of the long ago days of Conrad, Maugham and London. For such places do still exist in the Solomons and McCoy’s travels to such remote and isolated islands are brought to life in his book. For example, his account of his visit to tiny Anuta Island in the far-flung Eastern Outer Islands. Anuta is very rarely visited by outsiders, and little is known of the island (even by Solomon Islanders). Accounts such as this makes McCoy’s book and its images an invaluable treasure, not only as a pictorial masterpiece of the Solomons, but more importantly for what I believe will come to be a long respected photographic record of our history. The book begins with a series of personal essays of McCoy’s associations and interactions with the people and cultures of the Solomons, as well as with the diverse creatures—both below and above the water—that occupy this amazing archipelago. The photographs are separated into three categories: Reefs, Rainforests, and Islanders. The first section in this book covers the beautiful and pristine underwater world which the Solomon Islands is well known for. The second section of the book deals with rainforests and their amazing biodiversity. There are photographs of extremely rare giant native rats, endemic frogs and skinks, as well as sweeping aerial images of the emerald green forests that clothe these high oceanic islands. At a time when the Solomons is rapidly loosing its rainforests to logging and deforestation to make way for the planting of large tracts of palm oil, such awareness of the unique biodiversity of these islands becomes especially meaningful.The last section of the book portrays the people of the Solomons. There are many ethnic groups and cultures throughout these islands, and this is reflected in the more than 90 languages spoken here. McCoy’s photographs capture the many shades of Solomon Islanders: the Polynesians, Micronesians and Melanesians who call this vast archipelago home.As a resident naturalist in the Solomons I’ve not seen a photographic book as in-depth and which highlights the truly exceptional beauty of this island country as does McCoy’s title. With its 176 pages of magnificent photographs (many of which are historically significant), it is a highly recommended work and worthy of inclusion in the library of anyone with an interest in this beautiful corner of our planet.It is also worthy of note that Solomon Islands - A South Seas Journey is the first book of its kind - hardcover, glossy, coffee-table format - to be published in Solomon Islands.
The publisher is Zipolo Habu Resort in Western Province, and they are to be congratulated for having the foresight to bring McCoy’s talents to an international audience. Written and Photographed by Michael McCoy Published by Zipolo Habu, Munda, 2006; ISBN 978 982 98011 1 1; 176pp, hard cover. Available from the Solomons’ distributor: Makcell Enterprises, PO Box 90, Gizo, Solomon Islands (firstname.lastname@example.org) or from the USP Book Centre of the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. Sample pages can be viewed online at: www.goldendolphin.com/McCoyBk/McCoy01.htm
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