The Maldives archipelago is known as a tourist paradise of pristine marine beauty and golden sunsets. The other side of the luxury tourism is the sunset of environmental balance and the specter of the disappearance of the atolls due to high water produced by climate change. In this context lives a population, mostly Muslims, of approximately 300,000 inhabitants (one third in the capital alone) dispersed in 26 atolls, only partly inhabited. The development of tourism has increased the environmental risk and the coastal erosion, also changing the economy and way of life, once based primarily on fishing. More than 50% of the population is now employed in luxury resorts and tourism-related activities. With this series of images I have tried to show the atmosphere of loneliness and insecurity that prevails in these places despite the splendor of nature that surrounds the islands. The images were taken in the islands of Lhaviyani Atoll.
Raffaele Tuzio is a photographer based in Rome. He was born in Benevento and his passion for fotography began at the end of 70th years. In 1988 he went to Rome where he was involved occasionally in travel photography. During these years he travelled all around the world. In the 90th he started a collaboration with the italian tour operator “sentieri di nuove esperienze”, a company specialised in cultural tourism. Raffaele is consultant for tours planning and he directs a long term project to increase the company image.