One-hour tours are offered any day of the week at 7:00 am, 8:30am, and 10:00 am. A custom time can be arranged. 7 am is the best time to see the true spirit of the market. 8:30 is transition time where the market transforms from a traditional pasar to souvenir shops. 10 am is perfect to capture the colourful tourist scene in full swing.
All tours take place at the Ubud traditional market (Pasar Ubud) in the heart of Ubud, Bali. Your guide will send you the meeting location when your booking is confirmed.
All tours are private (meaning no mixed groups). Group size will be from one to four people (4 is the max). Tours are open to photographers of all experience levels who have a passion for street photography.
The traditional shops and markets (pasars) are the veins of the community. Food, tonics, hardware, and spices are not the only “goods”. In the pasars, the latest news and life updates are done face-to-face in real-time.
I thoroughly enjoy being in the pasar. Almost every village will have one. Even in the most touristy of markets, you will see Bali as if time stood still. But, you must get there early in the morning.
Experience Bali by being a part of it, even if it’s just for a little while.
Explore, learn, and interact
I like to call it ‘pasar-karma‘. Pasar-karma is when you sit down at a food stall (warung) for a kopi Bali, and the jamu vendor offers fresh pisang goreng (fried bananas). Or, when get the biggest toothy grin after asking one of the many banten (offerings) makers what kind of canang they have.
My approach is spontaneous. I go with the flow. I say hi, chat, try some kue Bali (Balinese cake), and take photos along the way. I always give options, hints, and help. But, I don’t prescribe how or what. No prior experience or fancy camera is needed. Learn the rules, then have fun creatively breaking them all.
Share and tell your story
Whether you take random snap shots or are on a photo essay mission you will end up with a priceless story to tell. I can help you with artist statements & pitches, photo selections & sequencing, and the next steps to get your work out there.
Hailing from NE Ohio in the US, Mark is a traveler & visual artist currently in Bali, Indonesia.
Mark loves feeding stray cats & dogs, playing around with a camera, and wishing to be a rock star in his next life. He would be very disappointed if you were in Bali and didn’t meet him for a coffee.
Not all travelers are explorers. It takes a deeper sense of adventure and openness to experience what Bali has to offer beyond the beach and club scene. There is definitely more to Bali than meets the eye.
What people are saying about Bali Street Photographer
What a great addition to our trip to have the guidance of a considerate local with us on our first day! We’re grateful for the good fortune of starting our Ubud experience with you. Thanks for your insights and photographs. It’s a big part of our memory.
Mark has great ethics and is a wonderful host, smoothly manoeuvring people through the busy pathways of the Pasar market. Mark spent over 3 1/2 hours from 5am to 8.30 am and he does this to raise awareness and valuable donations for the wellbeing of Ubud’s less fortunate cats and dogs. It’s a great experience […]
Canang sari is a form of banten or offering that is woven deep in the fabric of Balinese culture. If you know what’s behind these offerings, then you know Bali. Learn more about canang and view the full gallery.
Ogoh-ogoh are statues up to five metres high, which represent the negative aspects or all living things. They generally take the form of a local demon (some look downright obscene). The Balinese Hindu authorities try their best to ensure the statues are representative of the true spirit of the event, though an occasional Sponge Bob […]
These wonderful images were made during Bali Street Photographer’s Pasar Ubud Tour in June 2018. Les’ photography is the embodiment of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moment. Thanks so much for sharing, Les! All photographs and captions are by Les Telford. Follow Les on Flickr.
A simple hommage to the people of Indonesia Updated 1 December 2019 This collection is a romantic tribute to the Indonesian people that need to transport things (everything imagineable) from point A to point B. Oh, on two wheels no less. It must be love. Everyday Bali at Pasar Ubud. Full Gallery
I’m pleased to share Pasar Ubud Tour photos by Adrian of Artisanal Photo. Adrian is relatively new to Bali and street photography. Please enjoy Adrian’s fresh and new perspective of Bali and Pasar Ubud. All photos by Artisanal Photo. See the full high resolution series published on Artisanal Photo. Thanks so much for joing me […]
The Pasar Ubud Photography Tour was delighted to host Brian. Brian is a talented street photographer originally from South Africa. He’s a true traveler/explorer as demonstrated in the way he naturally blended into unfamiliar surroundings. It was a pleasure to observe Brian’s keen ability to see a photograph before it materialised (with remarkable patience) in […]
Bali Street Photographer Turns 1 Year-Old. Bali Street Photographer officially turned one-year-old on October 2018. What better way to celebrate than with an impromptu tour with Simon and his daughter Aurora from Australia. Both Simon and Aurora navigated through the busy narrow passageways with ease. They seamlessly blended into the bustling chaotic environment as true street […]
Sid’s story Having been exposed to the film industry since a very young age, I always aspired to become a filmmaker. While cameras were always familiar to me, it was my introduction to Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliot Erwitt’s photography that proved life changing. Their unique perspectives has elevated my street photography and inspired my film […]
What is Artistic Street Photography? This gallery is dedicated to the more artistic side of street photography. I define artistic street photography to have at least one of these following qualities that dominate the composition. Minimalism Negative space Juxtaposition Surrealism Irony Abstractionism Cinematic ambience (includes moody images) Minimalism One or two main subjects at most […]
I was honoured to show-off the pasar to guest photographer Nick and his daughter Mia from the UK. Nick’s photos capture the exquisite colours found at Bali’s traditional markets. Thanks so much for sharing, Nick! All gallery photographs by Nick Holt. Visit Nick’s official website for more stunning photography! Follow Nick and Mia on Instagram […]
Fresh set of eyes Walking through the pasar with Paul was like having a fresh set of eyes. I mixed it up a little with the route. We paced ourselves slower than other tours I’ve led on average. We had more time —Paul arrived early! There was less hustle/bustle.. And, this time of year (Bali’s […]
Millie is one of Bali Street Photographer’s own. On 26 October 2019, Millie went through her fourteenth round of chemo (since may). When we found her on the street, she was diagnosed with the worst case of vaginal cancer the vet’s office has ever seen.
I still can’t fathom this poor thing wandering the streets of Bali (alone & in pain) with one of the largest cases of cancer. Please help us help Millie to be cancer free and find a forever home.
The Villa Kitty team works hard to save the lives of Bali’s abandoned cats and kittens. In addition to offering them safe and comfortable shelter we provide quality veterinary care and advice, sterilisation programs, responsible cat adoption services, education programs to promote responsible cat ownership, love and rehabilitation.