Indonesia 2019


Shortly after returning from Ladakh in May, 2019 I received an email asking if Iโ€™d like to join a group of international photographers to cover the Jailolo Festival Week in Indonesia.

Art Photography of Indonesia, in cooperation with The Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia and The Regional Government of West Halmahera, invited 15 photographers from 11 countries: ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ AUSTRALIA, ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ THAILAND, PHILIPPINES ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ , ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ MYANMAR, ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ VIETNAM, ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ BRUNEI, CHINA ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ, BAHRAIN ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ, MALAYSIA ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ, NEW ZEALAND ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ, INDONESIA ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ for the event of JAILOLO INTERNATIONAL PHOTO WEEK INDONESIA, in Jailolo, West Halmahera, Indonesia.

Iโ€™m primarily a landscape and travel photographer and predictably photographing the natural scenery was fantastic. Every scene had a volcano, many live, they were simply breathtaking. In fact, Halmahera has 16 volcanoes in all! This remote island in the North Maluku Sea is an untouched paradise, so it was little wonder I felt awestruck by its landscapes. Although it canโ€™t be denied, the people too were fabulous; helpful, hospitable, gentle and accommodating, photographing them was made so easy. All in all I had an amazing time and it was an incredible experience, it certainly left me hungry for more of Indonesia. Guaranteed, Iโ€™ll be back in 2020!

The route: I flew from Auckland to Brisbane (3.30hrs) to Jakarta (8hrs) to Ternate (4hrs), then took a speedboat ride (2hrs) to reach Jailolo.

The route: I flew from Auckland to Brisbane (3.30hrs) to Jakarta (8hrs) to Ternate (4hrs), then took a speedboat ride (2hrs) to reach Jailolo.

**There are 4 categories of images: Landscapes, People & Food, Outtakes and Video. Be sure to view them all!

The landscapes: (click on the images to view full size)

The people, the streets, the food:

The outtakes:

Video:

Seafarms are the future

Seaweed farming provides a sustainable way of life for coastal villagers and is an alternative livelihood for families that would otherwise rely on fishing.

The farming method is very simple, yet incredibly practical. Long lines are set up and are attached to poles at each end. Plastic bottles are used to float the lines ensuring the seaweed attains enough light to grow quickly. Seedlings are attached to the lines and grow suspended on them. The seaweedโ€™s colour changes based on age and variety - orange, yellow, brown and green.

Seaweed has many uses apart from being a source of food; it is also harvested for its extracts including, alginate, agar and carrageenan, which are gelatinous substances used in both the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Better yet, seaweed farming, or seafarms, are great for removing phosphorous from the water which occurs due to the excessive fertilisation of land-based crops. They are also seen as a possible way to help feed the growing world population with a nutrient-rich source of plant matter in the future.

* Please switch to 4K when viewing, and at the 12 sec mark note the shark in the top centre-left of frame.