WE ARE F-STOP: with Tanner Boley

My name is Tanner Boley and for the past five years I have been traveling around the world working on video projects with international Non-Governmental Organizations to highlight the work they do. My travels have taken me to almost every continent and I have had the privilege to document some amazing people and the incredible work they do around the world.

Most recently, I traveled to Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea. I worked with the Summer Institute of Linguistics as they handed off a translated copy of the New Testament to a native tribe in Papua New Guinea. The translation took over 42 years to complete.


Words and photos by Tanner Boley



Getting to Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea was no easy feat. It started with a flight from Bend, Oregon to Sydney, Australia. I boarded another flight in Sydney that took me to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.



From there a smaller plane took me deeper into the interior of Papua New Guinea. After landing in Goroka, I jumped in a small truck and drove three hours deeper into the jungle. We pulled up to a grass runway where a small bush plane was waiting to fly me an hour deeper into the jungle. 



After landing and dodging the dogs that were sleeping on the runway, I boarded a helicopter that flew me up to a high mountain pass where the village was gathering for the handoff ceremony.



My f-stop Lotus pack took a beating on this trip but kept all of my equipment safe and secure. I carried a small Sony PXW-X70 to record the ceremony and a Sony a6500 with an 18-105mm lens to photograph the handoff of the New Testament.



My pack endured a torrential downpour, 80-percent humidity, and a large earthquake that hit the interior of the Island. The whole time, my equipment was dry and secure, even after bouncing out of the back of a pickup truck on a jungle road. This year my f-stop Lotus UL will be traveling to Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Thailand, and Costa Rica with me.

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