T he Maldives is a true photographer’s paradise. With its silky soft sands, crystal clear turquoise waters and golden sunsets, the remote islands have all the ingredients for a once in a lifetime photo shoot. So when Joali Maldives, one of the newest island resorts, asked Canadian Photographer, Neil Dankoff to spend a week on location to capture all that the remote island has to offer, he jumped at the chance to discover another a new world.
Located amongst the 1,190 tiny islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Joali Maldives is the definition of luxury. Sparing no expense, the resort’s water and beach villas come with an infinity pool, indoor and outdoor showers, high vaulted ceilings, a private butler and much more. The resort also boasts spectacular restaurants, adventurous excursions, and lush land filled with the most beautiful coconut palm trees.
Arriving by seaplane, Neil recalls the first time he set eyes on the islands, “The views from the 45 minute plane ride were jaw dropping. I knew I was in for something special.”
After arriving, Neil was taken to his water villa and he immediately went to work. With a smile that never seemingly never left his face, Neil spent every day photographing the island; discovering it’s natural beauty from land, air and underwater. “Each time I set up my camera, I was blown away by the natural beauty all around me.”
In-between photo shoots, Neil explored the island through a submarine adventure, turtle excursion adventure, and took a glass bottom kayak to nearby beach strips. Discovering more wildlife than expected, Neil saw flying foxes, eagle rays, sharks, turtles, and countless fish of every colour.
With his own style of panoramic landscape photography, Neil has had the pleasure of capturing some of the world’s most scenic locations including China, Israel and Bora Bora but the Maldives are his favourite location yet.
“Once you explore the island and experience its majesty, it’s an experience the stays with you.”
To see additional images from his trip to Joali Maldives check out www.kandygallery.com.
BY JASON STACEY