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This Little Piggy
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

The last pig on the island gets a morning bath before his master goes diving for fish off Orona's reefs. In 2001 the Kiribati government recruited about 150 people to establish a test community on the island to fish and grow coconuts and seaweed. Life is no tropical holiday; the settlers contend with harsh heat, little fresh water, and numbing isolation from the outside world while trying to eke out a living on the island's resources. They recently slaughtered the last of their pigs for a celebration feast, preserving only this baby as a pet.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny and clear
Time of Day: Early morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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