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The Ogoh-Ogoh That Never Was

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.

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Photography

To See Rather Than Look

One of the Bali Street Photographer’s core values is to see rather than look.

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Culture News

More Canang (Offerings) Photos Posted

New Additions to the Canang Gallery

Visit the full gallery. Special thanks to Kathryn Presner’s contribution to the gallery.

Share & enjoy!

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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 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.

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Activities

Books, Books, & More Books

Imagine climbing into that favourite cozy little cubby when you were a child–surrounded by your favourite books. Books that inspire you to dream and wonder in awe and imagination.

Then Ganesha Bookstore in Ubud, Bali is a must visit for you while you are in town.

Learn more and check out the new photos on the What to do in Ubud page.

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Photography Sightseeing

Guest Photographer Paul from Australia

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.

See the rest on Paul’s dedicated gallery.

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All Packed Up

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.

See this new addition and more like it on the Meals (and other things) on Wheels gallery.

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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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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 SoulTherapist.co.

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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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