I was in Bali in 2014 for a wedding I captured for my mum's friend and during our time on the Gili Meno, we stumbled across a couple of abandoned resorts and I went back to one to capture it in more depth.
Now, a little geography lesson; the Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands: Gili Meno is located in the middle (meno = middle) and is very much the romantic, honeymoon, couple, etc style island. Whilst Gili Trawangan is the party island (think full-moon parties every night) and Gili Air is the perfect blend of the two islands.
One theory of why this resort was abandoned is that near to its completion, the global financial crisis of 2008 hit. The developers of this resort obviously were affected and hence, abandoned their project. Others theorise that grandeur of the resort was too much and too fast for what the island could sustain.
Whatever the reason is, locals still are optimistic that one day the resort will open. As this will bring more tourists and create more work for the locals. However, the extent of renovations needed to re-open the resort would be extremely pricey as most of the resort is either falling apart or being reclaimed by nature.
And I think that is the most sad part about it. It never got its opening; it never got to be a memory making holiday resort; it never got used to its full potential. Let me know your thoughts on this beautiful piece of mystery.
I had the wonderful opportunity to capture ILG's 40th Anniversary Ball which was Masquerade themed. Oh my stars, the table decorations were superb, the planning was outstanding - no detail was left unnoticed. It was a really rewarding experience as you can see how much time and effort was placed in decorating the Dockside Pavilion in Darling Harbour. And the guests were just the icing on the cake - there were plenty of beautiful masks on show too!
It was an incredible experience and I also got to meet Jessica Mauboy :D
Last night I had the fabulous opportunity to capture the 30th anniversary of the Illawarra Police Charity Ball. I supplied a Photo Wall on the night and my poor printer went into over drive and couldn't keep up! Apologies for the wait but here are the photos for those that didn't print due to an error of my machine or in case you didn't press print. Please find your photos below :D