Before They - Photography Project by Jimmy Nelson

XVII. French Polynesia

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French Polynesia

Marquesans

French Polynesia

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Having been fascinated by traditional bodily decoration for many years, it was no wonder that Jimmy would eventually end up photographing the Marquesan Islanders of Northern French Polynesia the past few weeks. 
''Before you go out and take a picture, reflect on who you are and what you are trying to communicate in the first place''
The brooding mountains of Temetiou and Fenani provide a magnificent backdrop for the first pictures Jimmy makes of the horsemen. Crawling through the river Jimmy loses all sight of common sense as he was driven to capture this breathtaking scene.