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Forest Woodward’s photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and Outside Magazine. His hobbies include cooking, reading, and chopping wood, and he has the bad habits of eating ice cream for breakfast and not brushing his teeth. He lives in Franklin, North Carolina.
One of Tuvalu’s outer islands, as seen from the airplane that lands at the capital twice a week.
With help from a young boy, a fisherman cleans the day’s catch at a wharf on Vaitupu, one of Tuvalu’s six coral atolls. In recent years the sale of fishing rights to foreign companies has led to a drastic decline in local fishing.
A rope swing on Nui, one of Tuvalu’s outer islands. The only way to reach Nui is to book passage on a ship that delivers supplies and passengers once every four to six weeks.
A splash at dusk as one of the local children dives beneath the surface of the lagoon.
A fragile strip of land separates the Funafuti lagoon from the Pacific Ocean.
Tuvaluans heading home on foot and by moped after an evening of celebration and feasting during Easter in the capital, Funafuti.
Children at the local school on Nui undergo eye exams. The exams are conducted by a foreign aid organization that visits the island every few years.
Two boys fly paper airplanes amid construction debris near the lagoon on the main island of Funafuti. In the background excavators work to reinforce and expand the beach.
Children play on the piles of sand dredged from the Funafuti lagoon. The sand is used to reinforce the eroding beach in front of government buildings in the capital. With a peak about twenty feet above sea level, the sand piles are the highest point in the country.