Pasar Ubud is a Mood

Moody Silhouette at Pasar Ubud - Bali Street Photographer

There’s a saying, “Ubud is a Mood”. If Ubud is a mood, then Pasar Ubud is where all the moods originate.

The typical day at the Pasar starts between 3:30-4:00 am every morning. Pasar Ubud is where everyday life kicks-off. Thus, setting the mood for the day.

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Priceless Smiles, Details, Bali Dogs, & Mad Photography Skills – Photos by Guest Photographer Simon Gray

Bali Street Photographer Pasar Ubud Tour ©️ Studio Gray

October 2018 officially Marked the first anniversary of Bali Street Photographer

Having guest photographer Simon and his daughter Aurora join me in October was a perfect way to celebrate the first full year of the Pasar Ubud Street Photography tour! And, there’s more. The icing on the cake is that Simon recently opened a solo exhibit (24 November) in his home town of Perth. His exhibit featured many of his incredible photographs from the Pasar Ubud tour. Simon is even donating some of the proceeds to our donation partners!

Simon’s Gallery posted on Bali Street Photographer

Recently, Simon generously shared many of his images. I am now honoured to host some of his beautiful work on this site for your viewing pleasure.

See Simon’s Bali Street Photographer gallery here.

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Transition Time – Pasar Ubud

Transition time - Pasar Ubud - Bali Street Photographer Tours

Ubud is a Mood

During the day, there are three distinct moods at the pasar. The early morning is the timeless period. Bali’s unadulterated essence is revealed from 4-8 am. The tourist aimed facades are non-existent. From 8-10 am is transition time. After 10 am belongs to the colourful tourist realm.

If you are in Ubud for a few days, I recommend experiencing all three phases of the pasar.

Chasing Harsh Light

The photos above is an example of transition time. The local morning shoppers are gone. The canang and produce vendors slowly give way to the oleh-oleh sellers. The light becomes more harsh. The colours begin to fill-in and show off their vibrancy. And, the shadows plays tug-of-war with rays of sunlight.

Transition time might sound boring at first. But, it’s anything but boring for a street photographer.

#chasingharshlight #chasingharshdarkness

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Everyday Bali Jalan Jalan

Street Photography tours in Pasar Ubud Bali.

“Where are you going?” or “Mau kemana?” in Bali is equivalent to “Hey, what’s up?” And, the common local reply is, “Jalan jalan!”. This roughly means going around without any pre determined destination.

Jalan jalan might not seem useful at first glance. But, give it a try the next time a driver asks you if you want transport when you don’t need a ride.

See the full Jalan Jalan gallery here.

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One of the best experiences during my Bali holiday

Testimonial from Floriann visiting from Germany - Bali Street Photographer Pasar Ubud

It was a great class and one of the best experiences during my Bali holiday. Mark was a caring guide and you could feel that he loves to share his knowledge and passion. With his guidance it was possible to experience the “true” Ubud. His attitude and the way how he talks with people is inspiring. I can highly recommend the tour with Mark.

~Florian from Germany

Terima kasih banyak, Florian. I was thrilled to share the pasar with you–a fellow keen adventurer and passionate photographer. Lovely meeting you. I hope to see you in Germany some day! 🙂

Please visit Florian on Instagram.

Read more testimonials here.

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