Photographer's Note

These are the original 'bungy-jumpers'. In April & May each year the men of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu construct a tower up to 30m (100ft) high with several platforms. The heights of the platforms varies, the lower one reserve for the first-time boys, with the more experienced using the higher platforms. Vines are tied around the young mens' ankles then they 'dive' off, usually head-first, hoping the vines will break their falls. The tower is constructed on a slope & the earth beneath is dug over after each jump with a digging implement. The 'diver' usually strikes the earth, being slowed by the elasticity of the vines, a glancing blow. One young man while I was there had his vines come undone before he hit the ground. He just stood up, shook his head & walked away, seemingly uninjured! The highest platform is reserved for the most proficient 'diver'. Normally the men will work their way up to the highest platform over a number of years. There is no stigma attached to not diving, or aborting a 'dive' on the platform. It is a festive occasion during the annual Yam Festival and all the 'divers' are urged on by the village ladies. This is quite an experience to attend. Taken on Fujichrome ASA 200 slide film with Nikon F-401 canera (70-300mm lens). scanned & digitised.

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  • Copyright: Neil Rawlins (Antipodean) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 273] (1658)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-05-05
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-11-27 15:05
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