PHOTO GALLERY

- BALI (6)

Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. It is locatedbetween Java and Lombok. Bali is a popular tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in tourists since the 1980s. Tourism-related business makes up 80% of its economy. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. 83.5% of Bali's population adhered to Balinese Hinduism Bali's central mountains include several peaks over 2,000 metres. The highest is Mount Agung (3,031 m), known as the "mother mountain" which is an active volcano rated as one of the world's most likely sites for a massive eruption within the next 100 years.Mountains range from centre to the eastern side, with Mount Agung the easternmost peak. Bali's volcanic nature has contributed to its exceptional fertility and its tall mountain ranges provide the high rainfall that supports the highly productive agriculture sector. South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali's large rice crop is grown. The northern side of the mountains slopes more steeply to the sea and is the main coffee producing area of the island, along with rice, vegetables and cattle. The longest river, Ayung River, flows approximately 75 km. The island is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south tend to have white sand while those in the north and west have black sand. The largest city is the provincial capital, Denpasar, near the southern coast. Its population is around 500.000. Bali's second-largest city is the old colonial capital, Singaraja, which is located on the north coast and is home to around 100,000 people. Other important cities include beach resorts, Kuta, which is practically part of Denpasar's urban area, and Ubud, situated at the north of Denpasar, is the island's cultural centre. Three small islands lie to the immediate south east and all are administratively part of the Klungkung regency of Bali: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. These islands are separated from Bali by the Badung Strait.

- BATIK

Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap.The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to color selectively by soaking the cloth in one color, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colors are desired

- BEACHES, SOUTH JAVA

You'll find the most famous beaches on Java at the south part of the island. Stretching from Pacitan to Parangtritis there are lots of beautiful beaches, each with their own character and views. Just a few to name: Pacatin, Klayar, Wedi Ombo, Drini, Krakal, Siung, Kukup, Baron and Parangtritis. At almost every beach there are warungs to serve you cool drinks, coconuts and fresh fish, often caught the same day.

- BENTENG VD WIJCK

Fortress Van Der Wijck was build in 1818 by the Dutch General Van den Bosch as the former VOC trading office located in Gombong which was prepared to fight the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It took 4 years to build it and was originally named Fort Cochius after the Dutch general Cocius who led the Dutch in Gombong during the war of Diponegoro in 1825-1830. Fortress Van der Wijck is an octagonal building with 7168 m2 surface area with wall thickness 1.4m. The structure of the building itself consists of 2 floors. The first floor has 4 entrances and 16 very large rooms and consists of 72 windows, 63 connecting doors and exits and 8 stairs to reach on the 2nd floor of this castle building. The 2nd floor has 70 connecting doors, 84 windows and 16 rooms of relatively large size. In 1856 Fort Cochius turned into Pupillenschool (Military school) and it was only then that Fort Cochius changed its name into “Benteng Van Der Wijck” as a tribute to General Van Der Wijck for his services to the Dutch government in the army.

- CENGKLIK

Cengklik Reservoir was built in the range of 1926-1928 by the Dutch Colonial Government. In 1970 the reservoir was still able to accommodate 17.5 million cubic meters of water but in 1998 the water capacity decreased to 12.5 million cubic meters. It is estimated that the current reservoir is only able to accommodate about 9 million cubic meters. The reservoir is damaged due to the high process of silting. Currently Cengklik is better known as sunset hunting location for photographers as well as a fishing spot for the locals. Cengklik is located close to Adi Sumarmo Airport, Solo. At clear weather it has a beautiful view with the mountains Merapi and Merbabu at the background.

- CHILDREN

Never abuse children, NEVER! Secure their future with lot's of love, healthy food and good education!

- FERRIES JAVA-BALI

Bali Strait separates Java and Bali while connecting the Indian Ocean and the Bali Sea. At its narrowest it is 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) wide. Crossing the Bali Strait can be done by ferry. Every 15 minutes a ferry leaves to the other side of the Bali Strait. It takes about 30 minutes to cross the strait but normally including getting on/off the ferry it will take you about 1,5 to 2 hours. On Bali the departure/arrival place is Gilimanuk, on Java it is Ketapang. The costs are about Rp. 6.500,- per person without a vehicle. For a sedan/mpv car including the passengers it is Rp. 148.000,-.

- GUITAR PRODUCTION

Near Solo lays the small village of Mancasan. It has been known for a long time as the home industry of guitars, violins and ukuleles. If you enter Mancasan you’ll be able to meet almost 135 families at work producing guitars surrounded by the sounds of sawing and sanding machines. Not one family makes a complete guitar. Everybody has its own “task”. Some make the body, some make the bridge and others assemble them. The neighbors are sanding them while next door some are busy spraying/painting them. At last another family will attach the strings etc. The guitars are mostly sold to the local Indonesian market/shops and vary in price from Rp. 100.000,- to Rp. 800.000,-

- HUMAN INTERESTS

Human Interest is a story, a report or a photo (single or serial) that describes the emotions, lifestyle, work, activity, experiences of people and their interaction with others. I always try to "catch" my objects as honest as possible without any setting or support of extra lights.

- KALIMANTAN-BORNEO (5)

Kalimantan is the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. It comprises 73% of the island's area. The non-Indonesian parts of Borneo are Brunei and East Malaysia. The name Kalimantan which is often spelled Klemantan was derived from Sanskrit word: Kalamanthana which means "burning weather island", or island with a very hot temperature to describe its hot and humid tropical climate.

- KEMUNING

Kemuning tea plantations is located near Kemuning village, Ngargoyoso District, Karanganyar Regency, about 1-1,5 hours drive from Solo, Central Java. The plantation lies on the slopes of mount Lawu at the height of approximately 1540 meter above sea level with a cool climate at the temperature of around 22 Celsius degrees. It is close to the Sukuh and Cetho temples and a few beautiful waterfalls like Jumog and Parang Ijo. Mountainous views and female tea pickers make a visit more than worth. The tea pickers usually start working early morning at dawn until noon. Nowadays we can find a lot of small "warungs" that disturb the beautiful views but where we can get some nice, simple local foods as well as drinks, including "Kemuning tea". Recommended is the "teh bakar", roasted tea at the warung owned by bapak (mr.) Jumadi. Photographers love to go to Kemuning, not only to shoot landscapes and human interests but also for "pre-weddings" with a professional look. The sunrises can be quit spectacular. Situations can change by the minute if clouds start coming in.

- LASEM

Lasem is a sub-district in Rembang, Java, Indonesia. It is the second largest city in Rembang regency after the city of Rembang. Lasem is also known as "small China" because it is the earliest Chinese landing town in Java and there is a very large Chinese village scattered in the city of Lasem. In Lasem there is also a gold-plated Buddha statue. In addition Lasem is also known as a santri city, a student town and one of the producers of cashew and mango besides sea products such as salt and shrimp paste. Lasem Batik is very famous for its character as beautiful coastal batik with bold dyeing.

- MERAPI 2010 ERUPTION

The 2010 eruptions of Mount Merapi began in late October 2010. Large eruption columns formed, causing numerous pyroclastic flows down the heavily populated slopes of the volcano. Merapi's eruption was said by authorities to be the largest since the 1870s. Over 350,000 people were evacuated from the affected area. However, many remained behind or returned to their homes while the eruptions were continuing. 353 people were killed during the eruptions, many as a result of pyroclastic flows. The ash plumes from the volcano also caused major disruption to aviation across Java.

- PORTRAITS & SNAPSHOTS

All my portraits are taken on the street or location. None of them where taken in a studio nor with fancy expensive lighting. I tried to capture the "models" in a relaxed way and as honest as possible in their own environment.

- RAWAPENING

Rawa Pening (Clear Swamp) is a lake near Ambarawa in Central Java, Indonesia. It serves as a source of power, irrigation, and flood control, and is used for fishing. Due partly to high numbers of aquatic plants, it may dry out very soon if nothing will be done.

- SEMARANG

Semarang lies in the northern part of Central Java. It is a bustling mid-sized city with a population of about 1.5 million. More a business than tourism destination, it nevertheless has its own charm with contrasting modern mid-rises, beautiful old Dutch colonial architecture (kota lama) and Chinatown. There are some Dutch colonial buildings around monument Tugu Muda; the most famous one is Lawang Sewu which means A Thousand Doors. It was built as the headquarters of the Dutch railway company (Holland Spoor). During World War II, it was used as the Japanese army's headquarters. Lawang Sewu's main attraction is its tall stained glass window. The building is recently renovated and is open to the public. Tour guides are available at the building's entrance. Though reputated to be haunted due to the great number of executions during WWII, Lawang Sewu remains one of Semarang's most prominent landmarks. Other interesting object are Blenduk church in the old “Dutch” town, China town with its Buddhists temples, Gang Baru market and Gang Lombok where you can find some small warungs with typical Semarang food like lumpia’s.

- TEDAK SITEN

“Tedak siten” is a cultural heritage of Javanese ancestors for babies aged about seven or eight months. “Tedak siten” is also known as a “first time touching the ground” ceremony. “Tedak”' means down and “siten” comes from the word 'siti' which means land. “Tedak siten” ceremony is performed in series of events aimed at the baby grows into an independent child. These photos were taken at the Keraton Mangkunegaran Surakarta.

- TEMPLES ON JAVA

Hundreds of ancient stone religious monuments lie on the island of Java. Known as candi in Indonesian, they date from the early classical period of Javanese civilisation, beginning in the first part of the 8th century CE and ending after 900 CE. The majority were built between 780 CE and 860 CE, even though the civilisation that created them existed for many centuries.