In 2014, Seychelles was a place where life was slow, but speeding up. As a former site of the slave trade, it had existed for many years as one of the world's poorest countries. Today's growth and development has changed this, but the residents face a difficult conundrum. The islands, once thought to be Eden, are lush, full of fruit, and support many precious species. But to be born Seychellois is to hold the enormous responsibility to preserve this. As a country that is increasingly dependent on tourism, it is a difficult balancing act.

During the three months I spent on this remote island nation, I walked the villages and spoke to many people. I heard tales of pride and destruction. Beginnings and endings. Now, whenever I hear news of rising temperatures or sea levels, I think of this place.