Paradise lost



These images explore the introduction of exotic species into existing biological enviroments. The images reflect the history and impact of the Kudzu plant in Taveuni, Fiji.
A shaggy yeti-like creature acts as a stand-in for the noxious weed originally native to Japan which was introduced into the United States as a decorative vine in the mid-nineteenth century. By a strange twist of fate Kudzu was then introduced by the American military to many islands in the South Pacific in order to camouflage their equipment so that it could not be seen by Imperial Japanese forces.
Without containment Kudzu will suffocate its host and grows at a rate of up to 6 inches a day.