James Craig’s new photo book, The Moon Has Been Eaten, brings together a series of 98 images captured during a year on Easter Island. The title harks back to a Rapanui term for the total eclipse of the moon, one of the images in the collection. Originally created as full-size art exhibit pieces, each image is accompanied by a 250-word anecdote or story. For example:
As the moon in eclipse is eaten, only to be reborn, the people of Rapa Nui no longer eke out survival among the ruins. A proud people, they embrace and celebrate their past, unapologetically and imaginatively marrying it to the present as they reclaim their tiny, isolated island and work to forge a culture that is uniquely their own. It is testimony to the character of a people who, reduced at one point to just over a hundred individuals, have resisted cultural oblivion by making the process of assimilation two directional. The Rapanui face an ever changing world with pride and identity intact.