I captured this incredible sunset from an equally incredible location: Pic Malawi, a steep mountain commanding an awesome view over the peninsula upon which the city of Nouméa resides in New Caledonia. After a steep ascent struggling to keep up with a French Alps native, the sun began to merge with the sea as golden clouds buffeted the thickly forested hills around us. It was probably the best sunset of my life, and I was lucky enough to grab this panorama featuring our fellow colocataire (house mate) Romain, as he took in the breathtaking view. This is a 360 degree panorama, which explains why the summit on the left is sunlit, despite the sun appearing to go down somewhere behind.
Photographer: Cameron James Cope (Melbourne, Australia) Registered
Cam Cope is an emerging photographic artist originally from Gippsland in Victoria (Australia) who works on travel and documentary projects. Cam spent much of his youth engaged in visual arts, but in his academic years explored history, film, environmental studies and Spanish language. Through extensive travel and academic exchange he developed a passion for the legacy of colonial history, indigenous culture and environmental issues. His early professional career was in environmental consultancy in Melbourne, though in 2009 Cam began developing a new way to express himself from behind the lens. His projects are both personal and collaborative in nature while his broad experience allows him to engage meaningfully with a variety of subject matter. His goals are to explore his creative vision, connect with different cultures, contribute to public debate and engineer platforms for people to tell their own stories.
Cam has had travel work published in Get Lost Magazine and Backpacker Essentials, and has received recognition in multiple photography competitions. Photographs from his collaborative work with the Mullett family (of the Gunai/Kurnai Indigenous community of south-eastern Victoria) have been acquired by the Melbourne Museum for their permanent collection. The year 2012 represents an important moment in Cam’s burgeoning career with a series of debut exhibitions planned to showcase his photographs from a variety of projects.