DISTANCE AND TIME: THE FADING OF EMPATHY

G-30-S I always thought that the 30th of September would be a date that would continue to evoke a sense of tragedy in the hearts of all Indonesians. Whatever one accepts as the true version, or even if one can’t fathom any form of truth about what…


IMAGEMAKERS OF THE FUTURE!! (part1)

Since that day a few months ago, when I sat down with some friends from the Bali Creative Community to see if anyone was interested in doing a major photo festival for Indonesian photography in Bali in 2010, things started rolling fast. Fairly…


Memories of the Sacred

An exhibition of my photographs picked from the last 30 years in Bali, Memeories of the Sacred, opens at the Amandari in Ubud, Bali, on the 2nd of October 2009, and runs thru the whole month.


FORGIVENESS

It is once again time for all Muslims, as well as those of us who have close ties to Muslims and are so inclined, to beg for forgiveness from those around for all misdeeds of body and mind. The Indonesian phrase “Maaf Lahir Bathin” is the…


SINGAPORE'S FM MUDDLES IT UP IN TIBET

I have to admit being slightly irritated by Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo's fence sitting blog article about his visit to Tibet, also published in today's Singapore Straits Times, ever so subtly 'substantiating' China's supposed rights over…


Another Bloodstained Round for Karzai?

Very recently the US President praised the Afghan elections, citing the fact that they pulled it off in the face of the Taliban threats. This despite the fact that a figurative half of the voters never really made it to the polling booths - women…


Photography Masterclass with Rio Helmi

Bali, 25-27 September, 2009 Travel and Reportage The 3-day workshop is aimed at giving participants the opportunity to work one on one with Rio. Take part in discussions, go out on assignment on the beautiful island of Bali and learn from over 30…


COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS!

The bombing of the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriot in Jakarta on July 17th reminded us again of the endless obsession of certain would-be-players in Indonesian politics for lurking in the shadows. As in the Javanese or Balinese tradition of…


WHERE'S THE LINE?

Puffing away in the gym in Bali this morning, I caught a segment of the BBC’s Justin Rowland’s visit to the Amish on the elliptical’s built in tv screen, with audio via bluetooth headphone. At one point there was an ongoing discussion with…


DON'T DROP THE BATON - BUT DO PASS IT ON!

In an era that puts so much emphasis on stardom over wisdom, the spectacle of messy transitions has become commonplace. A few days before the Indonesian presidential elections, I could be talking about politics, but it doesn’t stop there: the…