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.

The landscapes:

The people, the streets, the food:

The outtakes: