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ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY

16.07.2018

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Cameron McLaren talks about his stay in Port Moresby - the city that is considered one of the most dangerous places in the world.

"This image was made in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in 2018. Thousands of locals surrounded the PNG national football stadium, chanting as the K-9 unit taunted the crowd with German Shepherds.

It felt like the crowd wanted the carnage, they wanted to see someone get ripped apart by this huge dog. I think everyone there wanted this, apart from me. With such high energy, the crowd ran, jumped and flew as they prepared for the onslaught that wasn’t to be.

For me, this was an image that summed up Port Moresby. It’s a place imbued with so much tension. Especially from an international perspective, this place will never have the chance for positive change when people only want to discuss the worst moments instead of the best. If you call somewhere one of the most dangerous places in the world, that’s what it becomes.

The image was taken from a larger body of work, to be presented in late 2018/2019, called Crazy Dog. It is a city portrait that describes my personal experience in Port Moresby."
© Cameron McLaren
© Vivien McLaren

Cameron McLaren

Born in Canada, McLaren found a passion for documentary photography and photojournalism at a young age. With a keen interest in the human condition, McLaren’s work often focuses on sharing stories of people and communities which are under-represented.

Currently he is based in the South Pacific. His personal and editorial work continues to be exhibited and published internationally.

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