For me, street photography resembles more of a philosophy than a technique. I’ve tried to express the philosophy below.
“To see rather than look. To create rather than take. To explore rather than visit. To connect rather than separate.”
When I think of Bali, I think of the native people who live here. For me, the allure of Bali is the people. They are that common thread which entices travellers from all over the world. Without them, there would be no magic.
So, the intersection of Bali and street photography is the creation of something fundamentally authentic. It’s the creation of art from the mundane. It’s the showcase of the overlooked and dismissed.
Where time stands still
The traditional shops and markets (pasars) are the veins of the community. Food, tonics, hardware, and spices are not the only “goods”. In the pasars, the latest news and life updates are done face-to-face in real-time.
I thoroughly enjoy being in the pasar. Almost every village will have one. Even in the most touristy of markets, you will see Bali as if time stood still. But, you must get there early in the morning.
A monochrome view
I generally stick to the black and white tradition of street photography. I feel that colours can easily obfuscate a deeper meaning that lies underneath a flashy facade. Sometimes the weight of cultural rituals can appear on people’s faces. A viewer could be quickly distracted by the colourful costumes and miss the telling facial expressions.
“Strangers are Friends we Haven’t Met Yet