In March 2020, all Ogoh-Ogoh celebrations were cancelled in Bali. This left a lot of Ogoh-Ogoh like this one all dressed up with no place to go.
The Photography & Techie Connection
One of the things I love about my passion project, Bali Street Photographer Pasar Ubud Tours, is meeting people from everywhere. Recently, things got even more interesting. At least three participants have two things in common with me. They come from high tech backgrounds and they love photography. I’m wondering now. Could this be a coincidence? Or, is there some connection between being a techie and loving photography?
Is it because techies are also creators? And, techies like gadgets? What do you think? Leave me a comment below.
First, let me apologise. This is a late post. I took some time-off from the tours in September-October to focus on a couple projects. Now it’s mid-November, and I’m still trying to catch up on sharing new posts.
Speaking of hiatuses. In August, I was thrilled to meet Kathryn from Canada. Kathryn was in Bali for part of her sabbatical from being a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, Inc. Automattic is the parent company of WordPress.com. WordPress.com is where BaliStreetPhotographer.com is hosted.
I have a confession. Saying that I’m honoured to guide a Happiness Engineer from Automattic is an understatement!
Thanks for joining the tour, Kathryn!
Learn more and check the full gallery on Kathryn’s site. Not to be missed.
In Search of the Real Bali
Bali is a global tourist destination. So, it makes sense that Bali seems to be overdeveloped.
People may complain about it–the overdevelopment. Most definitely there are less rice paddies (sawah) in Ubud than there was when I first arrived in 2010.
But, if one is wanderer/adventurer, one doesn’t have to go far to find the real Bali.
Life is in your face on the streets of Indonesia. Bali is no exception.
Beggars, vendors, street food sellers, & taxi drivers are a big part of every day Bali. This is why street photography here is never a dull moment.
The Philippines as its Jeepney. Thailand has its Songthaew. Jakarta has its Angkot. Bali has its Bemo.
Taking a Bemo ride an adventure in itself. Photographing a Bemo can lead to interesting and unique compositions. Here’s a small collection of examples.
Break out the Universal Donuts! It’s Party time!
BaliStreetPhotographer.com was originally launched in July 2017. Gosh how time flies. I’m happy to announce two major design changes that should make finding info on the site easier!
1. Grid View for the News/Blog Page
If you viewed the news blog on a large display before this update, you’d have seen one long slab of sequential posts. This page now displays feature images and text snippets in a three column grid. Making it easier to browse multiple teasers at a glance. And, it’s what all the hip kids are doing.
2. Dedicated What to do in Ubud Page
Ah, I finally made some time (3-days!) to break-up the original monolithic Favourite Ubud Hangouts post. This is one of the most viewed posts on the site. It needed some up-to-date TLC badly. It still needs some fresh photos. I’m working on it lol.
Each section now has it’s own dedicated page. And, I’m about 50% done giving each hangout its own page too. Keeping up with websites and keeping up with the ever changing Ubud scene will always be (fun) works in progress.
Let me know what you think about the changes. Leave me a comment.
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I’m pleased to announce a new addition to the Bali Street Photographer galleries. Please have a look at Paul Eveleigh’s wonderful photograph contributions.
I especially love the composition work in these three lovely images.
I learned more from Mark than I did on an expensive photo tour. Like how to use light, composition and story telling. I cannot recommend Mark highly enough. If you take only one photo tour in Ubud, take this one. Ten out of ten. ~Paul Eveleigh
Thanks so much for your kind words, Paul! It was such a pleasure to show-off the pasar to you. I appreciate your love for telling a good story through pictures.
See you next time!
This market stall vendor has closed up her stall, packed up her scooter, and now attempting to make it to the open road. Ah, the challenges of everyday Bali.