EASTER ISLAND, Images from the Navel of the World, is Erwin Christian’s personal selection from the many photographs he made on this most remote Pacific island during several sojourns there between 2002 and 2009. Like others before him, Erwin Christian found himself spellbound by the colossal stone giants, the moai. Nearly 900 statues, whether reerected on ceremonial platforms, toppled, broken, abandoned in transport or lying unfinished in the quarry of Rano Raraku, provided more than enough models for his camera. Together with pictures of petroglyphs and landscapes, as well as photos taken during a traditional festival, they comprise the 85 black and white and 12 colour photographs reproduced in this book.
EASTER ISLAND, Images from the Navel of the World, is also Erwin Christian’s contribution to the growing awareness that the archaeological heritage contained in this unique open air museum must be protected and preserved regardless of cost.