Pitcairn – Photo blog from the island

Pitcairn – Photo blog from the island

Part of Blog post from Rhiannon Adam on her Photography project on Pitcairn island

Between February and July 2015, I lived on Pitcairn Island, a tiny, craggy lump of volcanic rock in the middle of the South Pacific.

Pitcairn is the last remaining British overseas territory in the Pacific, and measures just 2 miles by 1 mile. It is home to fewer than 50 people, most of whom are descendants from the Bounty mutiny of 1789.

Though famous for its association with the Bounty mutiny, Pitcairn is perhaps better known now for the string of high profile sexual abuse scandals involving girls as young as eight that took place ten years ago. As a result of past scars, locals were reticent about engaging with me, and I had a difficult three months on the island.

My aim was to photograph each and every resident on Pitcairn in 2015, with a view to drawing parallels between my own seafaring childhood and the fragility and physicality of the Polaroid film that I use. The project changed drastically during the course of my journey, and the most emblematic pictures were often found images that reflected the intense experience of living amidst this isolated community.


During my time on the island, I also made a Radio 4 documentary (in association with the Royal Geographical Society), called Journey of a Lifetime. You can listen to the documentary on iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06j144b

You can also read my blog of the trip here and see my Instagram images here.

With thanks to all of my supporters, including those on Kickstarter, GoFundMe, the RGS/BBC, Quondam, and Eftec.

For image requests, please contact me

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