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Testimonial

Learning How to Use Light, Composition and Story Telling

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!

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Paul from Australia on the Pasar Ubud Tour – photo by mark l chaves
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News Photography

On the Road in East Java

Feature photo from the archives. On the road in East Java.

Cultural Diversity

A short ferry boat ride across the Bali Strait from the port town of Gilimanuk, Bali lies the seaside town of Banyuwangi. Banyuwangi is located on the eastern tip of Java. It’s here where island of 1,000 temples gives way to a land graced by mosque architecture. And, the gamelan turns into melodic calls to prayer over the loudspeakers.

This crossing is a vivid reminder of how culturally diverse Indonesia is.

There will be no Pasar Ubud photo tours from 4 June to 10 June to honour Idul Fitri. Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri.

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Photography Sightseeing

Blurry on Purpose (Balinese Muscle)

A couple weeks ago, I found myself in the middle of a body building contest in a shopping mall in Kuta, Bali. Does the word surreal come to mind yet?

So, what does a passionate street photographer do in this kind of situation?

  1. Pack up the camera and pull out the Visa card to do some shopping?
  2. Say, “Forget this!”, and does a 180 to get back out on the street?
  3. Or, puts the viewfinder to the eye and starts clicking?

If your answer was #3, you and I need to go hang out together.

Enjoy this new addition to the Abstractionism section of the Artistic Street photo gallery.

Here are a couple outtakes just so you kinda get the vibe of the scene.

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Culture Photography

New Gallery Addition to Ceremony Photos with a Twist

See the full photo gallery here.

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Culture Sightseeing

A Day in the Life in Bali

Bali Street Photographer on the road in Seminyak Bali.

#ontheroad

See more from the BSP On the Road series here.

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Photography

A Nod to Elliott Erwitt

Street (Dog) Photography

This lead photo is my humble homage to the master street photographer Elliott Erwitt. Learn about Erwitt’s dog street photography here.

This photo of a Bali Dog at Pasar Ubud and four more images are now up on the I love Bali Dogs gallery.

You can help support education, rehoming, adoption, and recovery programmes for these beautiful street dogs. Visit Mission Paw’sible.org.

#ilovebalidogs

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Beauty in the Mundane

Everyday Bali

I contribute and support a few online photography forums. I enjoy seeing other people’s photos. I learn new things, see new perspectives, and get inspired. I definitely value people’s constructive feedback.

Recently, I started to comment on a photo in a street photography group when I read some feedback that disturbed me. Here’s an excerpt from the comment that bothered me.

Unfortunately, for me, your image doesn’t really succeed . . . The man isn’t doing anything interesting.

Here’s an excerpt from what I posted about the same photo that was being critiqued.

Hmmmm, a couple master street photographers immediately came to mind when I saw your post.

Quite a disparity, yes? Almost opposite ends of the spectrum. If anyone says that your photos capture people that aren’t doing anything “interesting”, you are in good company. You are in company with master photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson (HCB), Saul Leiter, and William Eggleston.

If you love the mundane and banal, please share your links with the rest of us. Want even more mundane photography? There’s a whole genre dedicated to unremarkable (or remarkable depending on your perspective) landcapes–New Topographics photography.

Here’s my nod to New Topographics in Bali which I exhibited in Ubud a couple years back–Balinality.

Photos of Balinese Ceremonies with a Twist - Bali Street Photographer - 35mm film Waiting for a lift outside an ornate entrance to a Balinese wedding.

Feature photo: Balinality or just another day in the life at Pasar Ubud, Bali?

Thanks for reading.

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Culture Photography

Surabaya – Bali Street Photographer on the Road Series

New Series

I always enjoy launching a new photo series. My goal for this new series is to share street photography of places outside of Ubud, Bali. A sort of Bali Street Photographer (BSP) on the road if you will.

Surabaya

The hero image for this post was taken last week (end of February 2019) at an open market at Car-Free Day in Surabaya. Car-Free Day is when the city of Surabaya shuts down one of the most scenic & busiest downtown streets called Jalan Raya Dharmo. This event is held every Sunday.

Surabaya is Indonesia’s “second city” and is located in East Java. Java is Bali’s next door neighbor to the west.

Technique

In this hero photo, I worked the crowd by blending in, going with the flow, and playing with layers of people & objects. Read more about layered photo compositions here.

Stay tuned for a dedicated gallery for BSP on the Road.

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Cantik

Cantik means beautiful in the Indonesian language.

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Editorial Photography

The Beloved Bali Street Dog

An Artistic Street Portrait of a Bali Street Dog

This is one of many street dogs we’ve made friends with. We make sure he gets a good meal every time he stops by.

He has finally put on some weight and got his energy back.

See the his photo and more in the new gallery dedicated to Bali Dogs.

While you are here, you mike like this one too. Can street photography be artistic?

#ilovebalidogs #adoptdontshop #bekindtoanimals

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