Islelanders is a photographic art project, based on Darrin Zammit Lupi's experience as a photojournalist, documenting the lives of asylum seekers and migrants through and after their journey across the Mediterranean Sea.
Migrants leave the quay after being safely brought ashore from the motor tanker “Overseas Primar” by the Armed Forces of Malta at Anchor Bay on the northwest coast of Malta January 13, 2009. 161 people were rescued by the Marshall Islands-registered tanker on January 11 after finding themselves in difficulty while on their way to reach European soil from Africa. Due to gale force winds, the ship had been unable to enter the harbour.
Out on the quay jutting out into Anchor Bay, seawater and spray were splattering us, as the weather was terrible. I wrapped my camera in a plastic bag to try protecting it from the elements. It wasn’t so much the water that worried me – it was the highly corrosive salt.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Focal length 17mm Aperture Priority f/9 1/200 sec ISO 200