15 July 2012

The Royal Wedding

The biggest talk of the city - along with, of course, the vote of no confidence that the Democratic Party has leveled against the Prime Minister - has been the royal wedding between HRH Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala and Hon. Sinaitakala Fakafanua. Not the least because of the divided opinions surrounding the fact that they are second cousins - on both sides, a fact especially savoured by foreign news sources.

In fact, it's not just the foreign news sources that look upon the marriage with skepticism, it's also close members of the royal family; the HRH Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho and the current King's sister, HRH Princess Pilolevu were conspicuously absent from the past week's celebrations. This caused general scandal and also quite a bit of sadness from the general public, dismayed to see the royal family so divided after most have been thrilled to see the practical and considerate approach the new King has taken since commencing his rule.

09 July 2012

Mark's Photo Project

Back in April, I started on a photo project to take at least one thoughtfully composed photo every day. We had recently bought a nicer camera that we could use old manual film lenses with and had not really begun to take full advantage of it beyond general snapshots of events we had been to. I wanted to take better pictures to more vividly document our time here in Tonga, and this project has been the push I needed to do this. The second major reason for the project was to participate in the Shifting Sands and Movement Art Exhibitions that Elena organized with On The Spot, and for which Elena was already preparing art pieces. Although I was still in the middle of my month when Shifting Sands came along, I was able to exhibit 4 photos in the Movement Exhibition, three of which are included below (see the captions on the pictures).

Without further ado, let's get right into it:

These are some of the 59 photos I selected out of the nearly 3,000 photos I took between 15 April and 5 June. The original month stretched into nearly two as I was having fun, and so I didn't stop at the Movement Exhibition.

This photo was taken in "possibly the best bar in Tonga." She looked so bored under Audrey Hepburn.

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