Ceremony Photos with a Twist

Not your average Balinese ceremony photographs A collection of images that attempt to show Balinese tradition in a more raw and pure form. These photos are candid and can be surreal. Hopefully I can show you more than the stereotypical images of Bali on social media and travel magazines. All photos © mark l chaves. […]

Meals (and other things) on Wheels Indonesian Style

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

Ogoh-Ogoh: Bali’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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 […]


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.