Photography Sightseeing

Guest Photographer Kathryn from Canada

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.

Short Hiatus

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.

Happiness Engineering

Photo ©️ Kathryn Presner on the Bali Street Photorapher Tour in Pasar Ubud
Happiness Engineering at Pasar Ubud
Photo ©️ Kathryn Presner on the Bali Street Photorapher Tour in Pasar Ubud

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 is where 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.

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Tour Photos by UK Photographer Nick Holt

Mia and Nick on the Pasar Ubud Bali Street Photographer Tour
Mia and Nick on the Pasar Ubud Bali Street Photographer Tour

Last month (April 2019), Nick Holt and his daughter Mia from the UK came to Ubud. It was a real treat to show them around the pasar with cameras in hand. Nick is an accomplished photographer with a solid background in art. Mia is an aspiring photographer with a keen eye and who is quick on the shutter. Two excellent skills to have as a street photographer.

Both Mia and Nick impressed me with their more artistic approach to photography. They also exhibited that fine balance between fearlessness and mindfulness in the midst of chaos, crowds, and grunge that comes with the territory so to speak.

Here’s a sneak peek at Nick’s beautiful photo contributions to the blog.

See Nick’s full Bali street photography gallery here.

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Guest Photographer Sid Kannegnati from India

While cameras were always familiar to me, it was my introduction to Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliot Erwitt’s photography that proved life changing. ~Sid Kannegnati

After some scheduling challenges and dodging the remains of a long rainy season, Sid & I finally met. Thanks for joining the tour and creating some wonderful street photography, Sid!

Please read more about Sid’s inspiration and view more of his incredible photos here!

Follow Sid on Instagram here.

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Feature image & this portrait of Sid by mark l chaves

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Pasar Ubud Mornings

A Stage for Shadow Play

A stage for an epic play of shadows–is what the pasar brings you just after the early morning rush. This is when the sun finally makes its way above the tops of Ubud’s buildings. If you chase harsh light, then wait for it. You’ll be rewarded.

#chasingharshlight #ubudisamood

Feature image in frame, the lovely Dia from

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Seeing Red in Pasar Ubud – Featured by Don’t Take Pictures

Bali Street Photographer Photos Featured

on Don’t Take Pictures’ Seeing Red Gallery

Late last year/early this year (2018/2019), three photographs from Bali Street Photographer were exhibited by Don’t Take Pictures. I’ve been following Don’t Take Pictures for years. So, being featured in one of their exhibits is a huge honour. Especially since the team over there is held in high esteem and continually curates impeccable photography work in print and digital media.

Why Don’t Take Pictures?

Don’t Take Pictures’ philosophy compliments Bali Street Photographer’s mission. The name itself is provocative and oxymoronic at the same time (given the context). So, what’s the meaning behind Don’t Take Pictures?

The title, Don’t Take Pictures, references the language of modern photography. Over the years, the term “taking pictures” has begun to be replaced with “making photographs.” The change signifies a distinction between the widespread use of cameras in the modern world and the more systematic, thoughtful process of creating photographic art. At Don’t Take Pictures, we strive to celebrate the creativity involved with the making of photographs.  ~Don’t Take Pictures

Here’s Bali Street Photographer’s mission statement (from the About page).

To see rather than look. To create rather than take. To explore rather than visit. To connect rather than separate. ~Bali Street Photographer

The Featured Photos

These are the three photographs that were in the exhibit. All made by Bali Street Photographer.

Please visit the Seeing Red online gallery and learn more about Don’t Take Pictures.

Go to the Seeing Red Gallery

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Inspired to Get Back Into Photography

Loved the tour, it has inspired me to get back into photography. I learnt a lot and got some great shots. Looking forward to going again next time I’m in Bali.

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~Lauren from Australia

I’m inspired by your kind words, Lauren! I can’t wait to see some of your photos from the tour.

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Priceless Smiles, Details, Bali Dogs, & Mad Photography Skills – Photos by Guest Photographer Simon 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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Meals on Wheels – New Addition

Who Said Chivalry is Dead?

I think this is probably one of the most romantic photographs I’ve ever made in my life.

See the full Meals on Wheels gallery here.

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Photography Testimonial

This Felt More Like a Master Class

Let me start by saying that in the 20 years I’ve carried a camera, the shots I got on Mark’s tour of the Pasar Ubud are some of my favorites. Spending time with Mark as he took us through the crowded walkways and nuanced work lives of the market’s many merchants was a rare treat. While the tour is a reasonable description, this felt more like a master class with Mark sharing his valuable insights, directing us through his process and sharing his deep empathy for the people whose lives we were capturing. I’m a better photographer for the experience and my daughter, Aurora, as a new photographer, feels she now has a better eye and is ready to hang up her iPhone for a 35mm film camera! 🙂

I’d highly recommend Mark, his work and this tour to anyone with a love of photography and a calling to capture life as it happens.

Aurora & Simon visiting from Australia - Bali Street Photographer Pasar Ubud
Aurora & Simon visiting from Australia–Pasar Ubud October 2018

~Simon & Aurora Gray

I’m totally blulshing after reading your deep and hearfelt words, Simon & Aurora! The honour was all mine. I feel blessed that we had the opportunity to share our love of photography. I look forward to seeing your photos from the tour! 🙏🏽

Please follow Simon & Aurora on Instagram. Please visit Simon’s website here.

Scope out more testimonials here.

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Chasing Harsh Morning Light at Pasar Ubud

Chase light with Bali Street Photographer. Offering donation-based photography tours in Ubud, Bali.

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