Roll Seven – Aling Aling Bali
In December 2015 I took a 2 week trip to Bali and one of my favourite places on the whole island was Aling Aling which is nestled in the far north near Lovina.
Ever since going to Bali in 2012 I have been dying to return, but with my partner Rose. Bali is a special place, it often gets a misguided wrap thanks to the media but it is an island full of very friendly, fun loving people and beautiful locations. When it comes to travel I am one of those people who probably does a little too much research.. I guess that comes hand in hand with loving landscapes but also scouting for wedding photography locations all of the time.
In any case, one part of Bali i didnt visit on my previous trip was Lovina in the far north. I had heard lots of good things, that it was laid back and very beautiful.. almost like the old style Bali. I really dont like going to overly touristy places nor do we like staying where all the crowds are. We found a beautiful little private villa on Air BNB and Gede who looked after the property also did local tours. We hired him for a couple of days and seriously was one of the BEST people we met in all of Bali! He was friendly, funny and showed us some great places. I pushed him a little bit to perhaps think of somewhere not many tourists go (seeing as though everyone just pushes the same locations) and Aling Aling was one of these spots. I shot a few rolls here, but this was one of my favourites. I loved the shots from the top of the waterfall where you can see the local sitting on a rock just above. I tried some long exposures and Rose and I explored along the river banks for what felt like hours.
I cant wait to go back, maybe for a swim and a picnic. This whole Bali trip I shot around 10 rolls of film (which feels like a lot for me). All on my trusty Mamiya which I carted with me everywhere. I cant wait to put my whole trip into a travel blog post, but until then snippets in my weekly rolls will have to do.
Camera – Mamiya 645AFD
Film – Kodak Ektacolor Pro 160
Scanner – Fuji Frontier SP3000