Motuans (native inhabitants of Papua New Guinea) live in houses built on stilts in coastal areas such as Hanuabada in Port Moresby. Their original houses were built using wood and thatch but they were mostly destroyed by fire during WW2.
They have rebuilt their houses using corrugated iron and wooden planks and can last for 20-30 years depending on the timber used. The stilts can be up to 4 metres high allowing for high tides and they are built to allow for strong winds. Some have plumbing and electricity connected.
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ccameraguy (383) 2009-04-13 19:42
Thank you for sharing this image with fine lines of the home, walkways, stilts and iron. A colourful history of that area of the world.
saxo042 (37558) 2009-04-13 22:31
A very colourful and detailed picture of all these buildings. They seem to have have interesting building regulations here, but if if the houses can last 20-30 years they must be OK.
shevchenko (19279) 2009-04-14 1:48
A lots of clothes, may be many people living togather inside a house, good pov to show houses conecting by simply bridge, distinct image under bright sunlight, good shoot.
holmertz (40983) 2009-04-14 2:39
All the ingredients in this picture are so very typical of poor areas in the tropics. It's a colourful and interesting photo, but the water doesn't look very clean.
francesav (749) 2009-04-14 3:59
Very descriptive shot.
The colors of the clothes give the picture a tone of joy, but I think it's not funny living in such houses.
hispic (9619) 2009-04-14 6:24
Splendid image from the capital! This shot seems exceeding the photos that can be seen in the magazine National Geographic, truly suitable for TE's mission.
fanni (14379) 2009-04-14 15:13
VERY interesting, curious photo! This is what I, undoubtedly, can't see in reality in Moscow! :)
For someone like me it is exotic, but for those who live there it is daily life... and not exotic at all. Life and Earth are full of comparisons and food for thought!
Excellent composition, imho :) and a very colourful view!
Kielia (23581) 2009-04-22 12:26
a very fascinating place and a wonderful capture from an excellent POV. It is amazing how the conditions and circumstances are influencing the way of living. Therefore I appreciate your series on houses very much. This image is very pleasant due to the colors and the light, but I know that the conditions here are not very pleasant. TFS!
jmdias (55365) 2009-05-02 7:55
amazing view, made me remember some poor urban areas located over water in Brazil. nice pov and framing, excellent daily life view
danbachmann (1746) 2009-05-30 13:46
I like the little details you have given us here and also a glimpse into an ordinary every day type scene from an exotic land.
Bruno40 (6658) 2009-08-03 9:08
Albeit sad image, the composition and detail are good. The photo complemented with the note is very informative.
Juzo (4345) 2009-10-27 9:02
What an interesting photograph and such an intersting way of life. PNG looks fascinating. Nice capture. TFS
- Copyright: Marlene Fegan (mafegan) (8624)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Houses of the world [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-13 17:24