“Many ancient myths tell of extraordinary returns, most famously the Odyssey, which tells of the return of Ulysses to Ithaca. These myths almost always contain stories of sea. Perhaps that is why sea voyage is often an emblem of return, of the desire to return and the nostalgia for a place of origin… a place that can be symbolic, as well as existential.”
This in an excerpt from the 7MilaMigliaLontano‘s website, 7MML (literally “7 Thousand Miles Away) is a charity project that involved photographers, filmakers, writers and professional in the building of a school for the the arts for children, in India.
I took part of this 7MML travelling with the nautical team for a month through Indonesia, from the big cities like Makassar and Jakarta to the small coastal towns of boat builders, like Pantai Bira, or the sleepy Labuan Bajo, going through some incredible Islands like Gili Laba or Lombok, and witnessing the burial rituals of Tana Toraja.