Having been spoilt rotten and spent the past 8 weeks in Bali, it’s a bit of a rude shock now being back in Jakarta. The two places are as different as chalk and cheese. Each have their good and bad points as anywhere, but they may as well be two different planets from a living point of view. I’m fine once I’m back in the urban groove but it always takes a little time to adjust. Because of this I thought I’d set myself a challenge. I’ve been very inspired by Andrew Hardacres current trip to Cambodia and the fabulous street photography and portraits that he’s been posting on his blog All downhill from here http://ajh57.wordpress.com
Now I ain’t no Andrew Hardacre when it comes to photography, he’s a real pro, but I’m enjoying using my Canon and especially with the macro lens that Irishman bought for me as a wedding anniversary gift last year.
Up until now all the photographs I have taken of Jakart to date (the past 20 months) have been with my iphone. Using a mobile when out in public has many advantages. First off it’s discreet. You can take photographs of people and they don’t even know it, you can take photos and edit them on the go with filters at the touch of a button. You can get away with all sorts of things that you just can’t when you’ve got a large bit of black, expensive looking kit hanging around your neck.
My self-imposed challenge is to go out into the streets and markets with my camera and try to bring to you some of the scenes and sights that I see daily living in Jakarta. I started my challenge yesterday and I will write about it in more detail when I post the first of the pictures up tomorrow. What I will say, if yesterday was anything to go by , is that this is going to be a lot more challenging than I originally thought it would be.
For now here are the last of the photographs taken in Bali at the kampung last Saturday. The photograph of the boys is my favourite. They saw Irishman and I and they immediately started chanting Chelsea FC songs. How could they have known that my old man has supported Chelsea since he was their age?
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