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.
Feature image in frame, the lovely Dia from SoulTherapist.co.
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.
Morning light in Pasar Ubud March 2019.
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.
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.
Feature photo: Balinality or just another day in the life at Pasar Ubud, Bali?
Thanks for reading.
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.
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.
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.
Cantik means beautiful in the Indonesian language.
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.
While you are here, you mike like this one too. Can street photography be artistic?
#ilovebalidogs #adoptdontshop #bekindtoanimals
Think about this photo next time you catch youself saying you need a bigger vehicle.