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Jose Tuki – and the Bike Guy

Mar 23, 2021

One of the first carvers we met in 2006 was Jose Tuki. This is a shot of him carving what was to be the first addition to what would be a considerable collection of Island carvings. It’s a small (7.5 inches) honu (or tortuga), male on one side and turn it upside down for female. It’s carved from a rough volcanic tuff. Naturally it doesn’t lie flat, but we’ve noticed a number of traditional Rapanui carvings are like that. Here are the two sides (from a slight angle, along with a side view:

Below is a young man we simply called the bike-guy. He could be seen riding around town on the one wheel – almost never landing on two. This included his trips from the bottom of the hill at Hanga Roa O Tai all the way up to the Church. It was an astounding feat to watch. Occasionally I would try a shot, but it was almost always from the back – not all that impressive. Finally I was able to catch this from closer to the front. We watched him for as long as fifteen or twenty minutes and never saw him falter. This one was taken in 2009 – his demeanor was always this relaxed, as if he had it down to no real effort whatsoever. Amazing.

Both are on Page 12 of the Island Folio…


In December when I posted Sunset Behind the Three Motu, the gallery in town requested that I print it and bring it in. We’re coming up to having both of our covid shots so I revved up the printer. Often when I put off finalizing the print file, the web jpg has to be replaced – not this time, it’s fine. But I thought I’d add to the story a little. It’s a little of a hike around Rano Kau to the southeastern overlook. But the view is worth it. I set up and waited for the sunset – only to watch the clouds gather on the horizon blocking any view of the sun whatsoever. Nan took one of my favorite pictures of me sitting and waiting.

I fired off a couple of shots, getting nothing. Then suddenly the clouds seemed to break right in the center, giving off a grandiose burst of rays. It was quite a pleasant surprise – so often one waits for no reason whatsoever, and occasionally one is rewarded for the seeming futile persistence. The print is 15x20 on 20x24 – every b&w image seems to have a size it works best. Darker images like this simply need to be printed a little larger to open them up. I’ll be putting it into the gallery in town in April – Folio location HERE.

I still have a small number of Island images in my work-on folder…