Bali postcards: Part 3

A few more off-beat and personal observations from Bali (and Lombok).

Even as the years pass some mind-altering fungii never seem to go out of fashion © Rob Walls 2010

Mountain bike touring through the rice paddies © Rob Walls 2011

Duck herding near Klunkung © Rob Walls 2011

Family on way to temple ceremony, Ubud © Rob Walls 2010

Indonesian cigarette advertising. No comment. © Rob Walls 2011

Child at a temple, Jalan Hanoman, Ubud © Rob Walls 2011

My daughter, Cassie, on mountain bike tour © Rob Walls 2011

Beach, Padang Bai © Rob Walls 2011

Lombok fashion © Rob Walls 2011

Pertamina gas station attendants © Rob Walls 2011

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6 responses to “Bali postcards: Part 3

  1. What a delightful photos of the gas station attendants. So much fun and colour!

    Roel

  2. Irene walls

    Great Bali shots Rob, makes me want to go back there even more.

  3. Thank you Irene…but I think you might find the changes a bit much. Going back to somewhere that has been an important part of your life is invariably a disappointment, but I had the advantage of seeing it all for the first time through the eyes of my daughter.

    You can still find the old Bali, but Bali and the Balinese have progressed in ways that left me quite astonished, if not, at first, feeling a little guilty at having contributed to the present state in some small way by shooting ad campaigns and brochures for Garuda.

    When I was first in Ubud, after the football field the Monkey Forest Road was just a rutted dirt track with rice paddies either side, with children hunting frogs with bows and arrows. It is now a very busy street with some of the most expensive retail real estate in Bali, with up-market fashion boutiques, restaurants, hotels and art galleries.

    However, after talking to Purpa, I felt much better. He put things in perspective. I’ve always argued (with those who lament change) that the world is not a human zoo and that the Balinese have a right to change and progress in the ways that they decide. They have every right to aspire to all that we aspire to. As Purpa pointed out the Balinese are now much better off. They have employment and income and this makes a difference. Children are educated and where Ubud had one or two gamelan orchestras 30 years ago, there are now many…and that the culture is actually stronger than before. I always keep in mind that in the 1930s there was a single gamelan in the entire island and Balinese music was nearly extinct. It was the advent of tourism that brought about the renaissance of art and music.

    Anyway, glad you liked the pictures. I’ve also got hundreds of the conventional travel type pictures (dance performances, temple festivals, scenic rice terraces etc) that will soon be out there in my stock photo files. Here, I was trying to show the more quirky and offbeat aspects where I could…

  4. Hi Rob, From looking at all the photographs you had a great trip and interacted well with the people. This is the wonderful thing about being a photographer and photography you can get just that little closer to what you are experiencing.
    Your photographs in Bali with Cassie reflect that. Thanks for sharing them.

    • Thanks Michael. For a photographer it was a great experience in trying not to be self-centred i.e. making sure that Cassie got the most from the adventure and enjoyed the journey…rather than me concentrating single-mindedly on my picture taking. As photographers, I think we get so used to the absolute focus through our lenses that it takes (at least for me) some getting accustomed to looking at things through the eyes of one’s offspring.

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