I have a lot to share from Bali.. what was a relatively small trip (in time… 6 days) was very large with experience. There were a couple of reasons for going… one was to take some photos of our fantastic friends Jimi & Teresa for their Bali addition to their ‘Pre-Wedding’ photos and the other was to attend the Wiki School Pedia workshop in Sanur. It was however for me also a chance to learn more about another culture.. an island full of very bubbly, happy and expressive people. With amazing architecture, traditions, food and diverse landscapes; it is not hard to see why I enjoyed it so much.
Whilst I knew about everything I would learn from the workshop and being there, I also set myself a personal goal.. a bit of a challenge. Something to help take me out of my comfort zone.. and this is getting up close and shooting people. I have always admired those who can (regardless of where they are) get in there and take the shot.. capture what they see. Myself.. I have not always worked that way. I like personal space, I believe in boundaries and can be (at times) overly polite. I am happy to say that I did challenge myself.. and it is the first step into achieving an attitude I definitely want. The resulting photos will take a little bit of time to get onto the site (a few other pressing things to get done first).
But to start I will share one image.. from Ubud which is north of the main ‘touristy’ parts of Bali. Ubud itself is quite busy with tourists and shops.. but there was a still a very relaxed and ‘real’ feel to the area. I snapped this shot whilst waiting for a lift after dinner one night. It was a chance.. I didnt get to review.. I took a bunch of shots from my hip and checked them out back at the hotel. Whilst we were waiting for the lift.. many people pulled up on their bikes, grabbed a bite.. chatted with their friends and moved on.. it gave a real sense of community as the people in the food store interacted with those that rode past, stopped by and moved on.
I look forward to sharing again soon. Now back to work.