Studio Violet lives (or did live) here and appears to have been one half of a project by Camille Engman
The time has finally come. One of my dearest friends in the whole world arrived last night. We are heading off to Sombolo for a few days, on the west coast of Java - to Krakatoa!!
Great billowing cotton candy plume of grey ash on Anak Krakatoa (Child of Krakatoa) here
Krakatoa by StudioViolet again. This print really reminds me of this Fine Little Day wallpaper that Elizabeth Dunker's son Otto made. Hang on - I actually just found this poster in Fine Little Day's shop too. How bout that for interconnectedness. Just discovered Camilla also works with Elizabeth Dunker (of Fine Little Day) and closing the circle they started Studio Violet in 2008. Sorry a quick little journey around the web. I digress....
Anak Krakatoa here West Java
So getting back to prehistoric locations and rings of fire we will be gone for 3 whole days, staying in a bungalow on the beach and dining on fresh seafood each night. Hopefully all played out to a soundtrack of continuous low level rumbling eruptions. We also came here in 2009 and caught a boat out to the only recently formed island, Anak Krakatoa. Anak is the active volcano that rose out of the sea in only 1927, 54 years after the catastrophic eruption of the original Krakatoa in 1883. I could never quite get my head around the fact that I was standing on a small mountain* - a solid natural structure - that only 72 years earlier did not exist. I just find that kind of chilling. Here are a few images of our 2009 trip below.
I am very excited to return to this strange place. Roaming dinasours and flying pterodactyls would not look out of place here.
Since the island is basiacally a volcanic cone that rose from the sea, the soil was completely uncontaminated by seeds. All of the plants growing on the island came from seeds that drifted on the sea or blew across the ocean on the wind. Because of this it is considered a natural laboratory to watch the development of an ecosystem. Stangely a lot of folliage is actually Australian Pine trees that impart a kind of incongruous wintery forest feeling.
And more strangeness:
The explosions heard in the 1883 eruption remain the loudest noise on human record. The sound was heard in Australia 3,450 kilometers away!
This great arial shot of the volcano was taken in 2005 by NASA satellites.
The black shores of the island are scalloped where the flows have solidified in the ocean.
*The right hand side of the image is where we moored and played for a little while. It is sheltered but foreboding at the same time. While it is an official tourist spot - where the trees grow, no lava - for that day at least, right?!, we had the entire place to ourselves which really added to the drama. Probably the most dramatic place I have been and so happy to have a chance to return.
See you on Wednesday!
See you on Wednesday!