Monthly Archives: March 2009

Paksebali Trance, Revisited

Over the last thirty years, I have managed to make it to Paksebali’s Kuningan trance a few times but to be honest I haven’t gone for about 10 years now since tourists have discovered it in a big way. I...
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Bali Gods: Environmentally Correct!

For decades Balinese have resisted overpasses on the grounds that the Gods (or for that matter Brahmin Pedanda priests) could not go underneath them as it would be unclean. This can make for traffic jams, but there is an upside....
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PIRKLE JONES: another film from Jane Reed

Old friend (and sometime SF MOMA photo curator) Jane Reed has made yet another film about an interesting – though not ‘famous’ – photographer: in seven decades Pirkle Jones covered the whole gamut of SF’s Bay area: scenics to black...
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Niche photo stock Sales up during recession?

Just read in Jim Pickerell’s newsletter that a leading advertising photog reports his stock sales for advertising is up as agencies can no longer afford shoots. Interesting – though you still gotta shell out to do the shoot properly even...
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Pope Down on Condoms – predictable, but disaster for Africa

With all due respect: Perhaps instead of simply blasting through Africa on a VIP tour the pontiff might consider rolling up his sleeves and spending a few months working with people with HIV. There needs to be some reasonable flexibility....
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Election or Bust – The Cost of Politics in Bali

Those ugly banners by the roadside (see several posts below) hide an even uglier story. All Bali, and perhaps other parts of Indonesia are abuzz in advance of legislative elections. The number of parties is so high that there are...
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CROSS CULTURE IN UBUD

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival has played its role in bringing the world to to this once sleepy village which likes to hype itself as THE culture capital (hmmm). But belly button gazing aside it has been an interesting...
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TIBET -LEAVING FEAR BEHIND

Just got back from Jakarta where amongst other things I attended a Tibet Documentary Film Week of Leaving Fear Behind. It is an extraordinary little film shot in the most basic straightforward manner – but does it tell the story....
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Schengen visa rant!

As an Indonesian citizen who is normally happy being one, I gotta say this has been bit of a humiliating few days. Not only do I have to cough up like $90 for the visa but another $65 for travel...
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Upcoming Elections in Indonesia: MORE CASH THAN DASH

The flurry of candidates (or more precisely the flurry of cash) that is in evidence for the upcoming legislative elections in April is an omen of things to come. It would be interesting to see how many of these candidates...
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