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PROJECT DATE 10.2020
COMMISIONED BY KATIE DUNN & NATASHA LUNN #editorial

IN EARLY FALL 2019, I VISITED TWO DIFFERENT ISLANDS FOR STORY IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF AIRBNB MAGAZINE - OAK ISLAND IN MAINE AND SAMATIAN ISLAND IN KENYA. BOTH HAD THEIR OWN DISTINCT FEEL - SAMATIAN MOST NOTABLY FOR ITS ARDUOUS 16 HOUR FLIGHT, 6 HOUR TAXI RIDE, AND 1HR BY BOAT.

I ARRIVED TO THE WATER’S EDGE OF LAKE BOREGO JUST AS THE STARS BEGAN TO SHINE. EVERYTHING WAS SHROUDED IN A VELVETY DARKNESS, SAVE FOR MY RED HEADLAMP AND FAINT SLIVER OF MOONLIGHT ILLUMINATING THE DEAD TREES STANDING IN THE WATER...I HAD BEEN TOLD THAT PLENTY OF CROCODILES AND HIPPOS ENJOYED THE SHALLOWS OF THE SHORE HERE.

I SPENT A TOTAL OF FOUR DAYS ON SAMATIAN. A BIRD WATCHERS PARADISE, YOU CAN CANOE AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE ISLAND IN AN HOUR AND NOT SEE THE SAME BIRD TWICE
- KING FISHERS, SPOTTED MORNING THRUSHES, CORMORANTS, WEAVERS, FISH EAGLES - THERE’S ALSO THE RESIDENT EAGLE OWL ‘WOO’ WHO APPEARS OFTEN THROUGHOUT THE DAY CHECKING IN ON ACTIVITY ON THE ISLAND.

WHAT’S MORE, THERE’S THE NOTICEABLE STRATIFYING OF TIME IN THE DAY, BROKEN UP NOT
BY MEALS, BUT BY CHANGES IN TEMPERATURE AND WIND. THE MORNING STARTS WITH A LIGHT BREEZE AND PIERCING GLOW FROM THE SUNRISE FOLLOWED BY INCESSANT CRITTER CHATTER. THEN, AS THE HEAT PICKS UP BY LATE MORNING THE AIR HANGS COMPLETELY STILL WITH THE UNDISTURBED SURFACE OF THE LAKE TURNING TO A FLUID MIRROR, REFLECTING THE LARGE EXSPANIVENESS ABOVE. WHEN NIGHT FALLS AS AN UNPOLLUTED BLANKET OF STARS AND MOON WITH ENOUGH LIGHT TO NAVIGATE WITHOUT A HEADLAMP, THE VALLEY HANGS STILL, SUSPENDED IN THE WARMTH OF DARK CUPPED HANDS.

FROM AN ELEVATED POINT IN THE MIDDLE OF A FLAT PLAIN, SAMATIAN IS A PERFECT THEATER TO WITNESS THE NATURAL SPECTACLE OF NATURE AND TIME. NO TWO WEATHER PATTERNS CAN EVER BE THE SAME, NOR CAN THE LIGHT THEY FILTER. RETURNING HOME, MY ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT WAS SATED FROM THE INTENSITY AND HILARITY OF SUCH AN EXPERIENCE HAPPENING
IN ONE WEEK. THIS PLACE PROVED TO BE A SURREAL VERSION OF AN ISLAND PARADISE, DREAMLIKE IN ITS CONTEXT AND MEMORY.