In late 2016, I got to travel to Hawaii and spend 4,5 weeks on the magnificent Big Island at my uncle’s farm and a few days on Oahu.
I was on my way down from Diamond Head, an extinct volcano in Honolulu, and had just finished a roll of Portra 400. This was my last day in Hawaii and I wasn’t planning to shoot any more before my upcoming flight to Seoul. I always feel a little uneasy when I have to travel with film in my cameras.
When I was at the foot of the volcano, though, I saw a yellow-ish field with some majestic trees and those beautifully shaped hills in the background, the sky above a light blue with almost no clouds. I had to take the shot. I loaded another roll into my Hasselblad, fired the shutter just once, and left with a very good feeling.
The next day, I mailed all my exposed rolls to Richard Photo Lab before heading to the airport. I went through security with my camera containing film and was on my way to Korea. My girlfriend Seraina and I spent a wonderful week in Seoul, visiting my brother, and another one in Tokyo.
A few weeks later, when I received the scans from our vacation, I didn’t expect to find that last frame I had taken in Hawaii among them. I had long forgotten about it. It turned out to be one of my favorite photographs of the year.