I just feel like heaven and hell are a place that’s inside each of us and we’re the ones who choose which one to explore. I mean, like, you know, I think you have to have both to have an understanding of why they exist. Shit wouldn’t be balanced if we didn’t have hell. I don’t think you’d be able to appreciate how amazing it feels to sit on a rooftop with all your friends as you’re watching the sunset listening to your favorite Lorde song if you didn’t want to kill yourself sometimes. You know and I think we’re all like, you know, a step away from both. I feel like both universes are so near to us. I don’t really think that heaven is all the way up at the top of whatever all of this is, and that hell is all the way down at the bottom. I think it’s all right here in front of us. I think they layer onto our realities like filters on an Instagram image. We see our lives through heaven and hell, and I think we always have a say in which one we can choose. You know because, even when your life is dog shit, heaven is just as close as it was before. You don’t really get further away from it, you just lose the ability to take notice of it, I guess. But I know how you feel, man. I feel like God is really quiet sometimes in my stupid life. But I still know that it’s all still right there in front of my face. It’s not really a matter of looking or searching, it’s a matter of seeing things for what they are. It’s all so much closer to you than you think it is. It’s all just a breath away.
—  CAMERON BEYRENT

natgeo In Jan 2018 National Geographic Photographer @thomaspeschakreached and photographed Te Tara Koi Koia, an imposing pyramid shaped rocky island at the southern edge of New Zealand’s remote Chatham Islands. This is the only nesting site of the vulnerable Chatham albatross ( @chatham_taiko_trust) and lies exposed to the wild moods of the tempestuous southern Ocean. Landing on and climbing Te Tara Koi Koia is only possible a handful of times per year and it took 27 days of waiting until a gap in the weather appeared. With the help of many Chatham Islanders @thomaspeschakwas finally able to photograph this near mythical albatross nesting ground for ‘Lost at Sea’ a story published in the July 2018 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Thank you to the traditional owners for granting access and @ottowhiteheadfor shooting and editing the video. The @chatham_taiko_trustis a pioneering grassroots conservation organization and this story would not have been possible without their support and guidance. Please follow @chatham_taiko_trustto find out more about this wild and iconic place at the edge of the world.