One of the values of Bali Street Photographer is
To See Rather Than Look
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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.
Think about this photo next time you catch youself saying you need a bigger vehicle.
More photos, links, and updates on My Favourite Hangouts in Ubud, Bali.
Opportunistic Street Photography
Today, after running some morning errands. I was stuck in the middle of a huge traffic jam in the centre of Ubud. That usually means one thing–upacara. In other words, there was a Balinese Hindu Religious procession in progress.
Rather than waiting in the hot sun inhaling exhaust from dozens of idling vehicles, I pulled over. I took out my camera and began walking towards the Ubud Palace. I wasn’t disappointed. I stumbled upon an elaborate & beautiful Ngaben procession in progress.
Street Photography Tips
It’s experiences like these that have taught me some valuable street photography skills. Besides having a camera with a clean lens, charged battery, & spare memory card, these soft skills can make or break the decisive moments.
- Nose for action.
- Sense of adventure.
- Open to sponteneity.
It was a great class and one of the best experiences during my Bali holiday. Mark was a caring guide and you could feel that he loves to share his knowledge and passion. With his guidance it was possible to experience the “true” Ubud. His attitude and the way how he talks with people is inspiring. I can highly recommend the tour with Mark.
~Florian from Germany
Terima kasih banyak, Florian. I was thrilled to share the pasar with you–a fellow keen adventurer and passionate photographer. Lovely meeting you. I hope to see you in Germany some day! 🙂
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.
~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! 🙏🏽
Another way to make your street photography stand out is to photograph people that stand out. Today, I took a short break at my fave crepes spot (Confiture de Bali) in Ubud. This stylish young woman (pictured above) pulled up in front of where I was sitting.
“Two thousand miles I roam. Just to make this dock my home” ~Otis Redding
The Bali Dogs of the pasar seem to follow a schedule. When the pasar is in full swing early in the morning, they are scattered and roaming around individually. Towards 7:30-8:00 am, they beging to form in groups and forage together or wait for vendors to throw scraps their way. Generally, this is the best time to photograph a Bali Dog in Pasar Ubud.