Aline Dargie visits her hometown of Andover to share 'slow journalism' stories, made by sailboat in the remote and mythical Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia.
About Project SLOW:
A sailing couple, Aline Dargie (25, captain & artist from Andover, Massachusetts) and Julien Girardot (37, photographer and chef from St Malo, France), have embarked on a voyage named SLOW (Sail Low On the World) – an ecological project using multimedia journalism - on the remote islands of French Polynesia in the South Pacific. Through sailing, walking, horseback riding, swimming, paddling - voyaging using slow, low impact methods of traveling throughout these islands – they take the time to dive deep into local and evolving traditional ways of life.
“Before sharing islander’s stories, we build confidence and respect through listening and respecting the subjects of our reportage, to represent them in the truest light possible. In this process, we build deeper understandings of the unique evolution of culture on each of these diverse islands” -Aline
Beginning in 2016 and continuing to 2019, Aline and Julien will sail to French Polynesia’s five archipelagos aboard their small Edelcat 35 catamaran named "Pizza", anchoring at many of the 118 islands, covering an oceanic territory as large as Europe. The voyage evolves through connections with local artists, sustainable fishermen, community activists; people thriving from and respecting these tropical paradises. The video, text and photos are edited aboard
Pizza, propelled by wind and powered by sun.
Follow project SLOW to learn about living traditions that resist and evolve with modernity, soar through landscapes from a drone’s point of view, experience verdant and deep colors, and dramatic contrast – metaphorical and physical – that exist only here... starting in the Marquesas archipelago. @slowmarquesas
Aline Dargie (b. 1991, Andover) has a passion for learning and documenting everything handmade and ‘slow.’ She earned a bachelor's degree in textile fine arts from California College of the Arts, then co-founded and directed Make Hang for three years, an atelier in San Francisco featuring upcoming artists making sculptural, interactive installations. In the gallery, diverse locals enjoyed yoga, DIY art workshops, and slow food dinners. Since departing San Francisco on a sailboat in 2013, Aline has sailed over 15,000 miles in the Pacific, studied astro-navigation and earned a Royal Yacht Academy Yachtmaster certificate. Aline was the captain for the traditional Polynesian sailing project Va’a Motu on Fakarava atoll, and is now the captain of catamaran Pizza and journalist for Project Slow. Currently, Aline is on assignment for GEO France Magazine, making a grand reportage on the Marquesas Islands with photographer Julien Girardot. Facebook & Instagram: @slowmarquesas / alinedargie.com