What's behind this visual experiment is the notion that an island's beauty runs deeper than its vistas, and to fully appreciate that beauty, we travelers must transcend the way we normally see. That premise fueled this unusual assignment in the Dominican Republic, where photographer Jon Whittle confined himself to a half-mile area in the small town of Cabarete. With limited room to roam, he says he slowed his pace and "focused on details and small spots of beauty, which surround us during our travels but are often missed." A powerful revelation followed: "In everything we see, there is something that longs to emerge in a photograph and enhance an understanding of an island. The trick is to just take your time, soften your eyes and look." Here are his behind-the-lens explanations of how he captured these amazing images, which are featured in the March 2009 issue of ISLANDS.