- HUMAN INTERESTS  (1 new item)

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.

- HUMAN INTERESTS  (1 new item)

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.

- CREMATIONS  (1 new item)

Ngaben, or Cremation Ceremony, is a funeral ritual performed in Bali to send the deceased to the next life. The body of the deceased will be placed as if sleeping, and the family will continue to treat the deceased as sleeping. No tears are shed, because the deceased is only temporarily absent and will reincarnate or find final rest in Moksha (freeing from the reincarnation and death cycle). The proper day of the ceremony is always a matter of consulting a specialist on ceremony days. On the day of the ceremony, the body of the deceased is placed inside a coffin. This coffin is placed inside a sarcophagus resembling a buffalo (Lembu) or in a temple structure (Wadah) made of papier-maché and wood. This sarcophagus is then brought to the cremation site in a procession, which is almost never walked in a straight line. This is done to confuse evil spirits and keep them away from the deceased. The climax of a Ngaben is the burning of the sarcophagus containing the body of the deceased. The fire is viewed as necessary to free the spirit from the body and enable reincarnation. Ngaben is not always immediately performed. For members of the elite castes, it is normal to perform the ritual individually for the deceased within three days. People of lower social classes opt for a more economic solution where they first bury the deceased, who is then cremated with the village's other dead in a mass ceremony.

- HUMAN INTERESTS  (1 new item)

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.

- RELIGIOUS  (1 new item)

The Balinese Hinduism combines the Indian model with elements of native religion. The object of their religious practices is to maintain a balance between good and evil forces. Thus, Balinese make offerings to both gods and demons. They recognize a wide range of supernatural beings, including demons, ancestral spirits, and divinities such as the sun god Surya and the rice goddess Dewi Sri.

- SOLO, LEGI  (1 new item)

Pasar Legi is one of the main traditional markets Solo. This market was established during the Government of Mangkunegaran I. Fruits, vegetables and herbs are the main items sold here. When you visit the market take a look at the older women who carry huge loads on their back, sometimes more then 50kg.

- BEACHES, SOUTH JAVA  (1 new item)

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.

- SEMARANG  (1 new item)

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.

- CENGKLIK  (1 new item)

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.

- HUMAN INTERESTS  (4 new items)

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.

- PORTRAITS & SNAPSHOTS  (2 new items)

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  (5 new items)

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.

- OTHER MARKETS  (2 new items)

- TEMPLES ON JAVA  (2 new items)

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.

- BEACHES, SOUTH JAVA  (1 new item)

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.

- 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.

- BATIK  (1 new item)

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

- 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.

- LASEM MARKET

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.