Indonesia

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – JAVA – SURABAYA

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – JAVA – SURABAYA

Surabaya is Indonesia’s second-largest city with a population of over 2.7 million. On the way to Bromo I stopped there for a dayt and found busy night market with huge mosque in the middle. Since not many tourists go there I was really popular subject for local kids and grownups alike. Some parts of this city reminded me of run down Amsterdam.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – AROUND BALI WEEK I

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – AROUND BALI WEEK I

Bali is a place with a lot of rice fields, temples, ceremonies and tourists. After some years I came back just to realize that It is truly one of most beautiful islands I ever visited. Tourism is in full swing here and locals quickly cashing in. Prices are up and most temples now requires entrance fee. Still, scenery around you makes up for it  and friendly Bali people contributes for a pleasant stay on this island. It is easy to get around on motorbike so after few weeks of driving I got some pictures to share.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – PEOPLE

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – PEOPLE

Balinese people, friendly and welcoming, celebrating life through ceremonies & daily rituals which keeps them very busy and photogenic. Sometimes I get in to they’re faces with my camera but nobody ever got upset for such behavior of mine or asked for money. Smile goes long way…
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – CEREMONIES

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – CEREMONIES

It is said there is never a day in Bali without a ceremony of some kind and if you include all the life cycle rites (baby ceremonies, puberty rites, weddings, cremations, Temple festivals), then this saying is probably true. Some ceremonies usually lasts day or two, but larger ones (which occur every 5, 10, 30 or 100 years) can last for 11 days or longer. During ceremonies many offerings are made which consists of fruits, rice cakes and flowers these are brought in on women’s heads, placed around the temple and then are blessed with holy water by the temple Pemangku or priest. The pilgrims then pray, after blessings, drinking holy water is complete offerings are taken home to share with their families. The gods have taken the sari or essence of the offerings, leaving the “leftovers” for the humans to consume.  Most of ceremonies involves spectacular performances of music and dance by local groups and gamelan music. Here is some pictures from around Bali and it’s ceremonies.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – NYEPI IN UBUD

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – NYEPI IN UBUD

Every nation celebrates new year the difference is Balinese open their New Year in silence. This is called Nyepi Day, the Balinese day of Silence, which falls on the day following the dark moon of the spring equinox, and opens a new year of the Saka Hindu era which began in 78 A.D. You are not allowed to leave your hotel or house, no loud noises, no cooking, no music may be played, and TV stations do not broadcast on Nyepi. The day before however there is big celebration, the ogoh-ogoh dolls being carried through the streets of any major city or town in Bali. People make as much noise as possible to frighten away evil spirits. Here is pictures from parade of Ogoh-Ogoh creatures with a touch of HDR photography.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – KECAK AND FIRE DANCE

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI – KECAK AND FIRE DANCE

People say that every visitor to Bali should see at least one traditional dance. This time I choose to see Kecak Ramayana and Fire Dance in Uluwatu. The combination of ancient ritual, dance, drama, sunset and stage on the cliff makes Kecak and Fire Dance one of the most spectacular dance performances.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI TEMPLES IN HDR

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – BALI TEMPLES IN HDR

Countless temples anywhere you go in Bali and probably people have seen many postcards and pictures of them so to make something a little more interesting I did shoot most of them in HDR.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – AROUND BALI WEEK II

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – AROUND BALI WEEK II

More ceremonies to attend more beaches to explore, another week on motorbike driving around this beautiful island brings this set of pictures.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – PORTRAITS

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – PORTRAITS

One of most fascinating things in Papua is it’s people even though civilization and western world values change a lot on certain events people still dress and paint faces in they’re papuan fashion. Here is pictures of people from Baliem Valley in Papua. Three major tribes lives there – the Dani in the base, the Lani to the west and the Yali in the south-east.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – IRIAN JAYA

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – IRIAN JAYA

While staying in Wamena I was fortunate to witness governor elections in Irian Jaya. It took 5hr standing on the back of pickup truck to get to this place. It is political event and tourists usually not allowed even though I had permits to travel that far local police was not so happy seeing foreign guy with camera there. At the end everything worked out and now you can see some pictures how elections in Papua goes. Before politicians makes they’re speeches, running around with spears bows and arrows in hands crowd simulates war situation. After that everybody is fed (mainly potatoes) cooked in traditional way. All that food is delivered by participants shouting, running right in to the middle of crowed and dropping it on the grass. When belly’s are full people sit on the ground and listen what politicians has to say. Amazing scenery indeed.
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