In 1923, Walter Spies, a German painter, came to Java before he finally started his life in Ubud, Bali in 1927. Inspired and enchanted by the island, Spies created many beautiful paintings, capturing the traditions and atmosphere of Bali itself. Bali’s stunning vistas of deep, green, endless paddy fields were the subject of many beautiful […]
Despite the much publicized environmental degradation Bali continues to be a top global destination. Visitors fall in love with the island’s natural beauty and rich culture everyday. But love doesn’t seem to conquer all. The forward moving tourism industry still hurts Bali in more ways than one. But at the opposite end of the environmental […]
In the midst of manic development in some areas of Bali you can still find some places that remain green. The good news is that these natural expanses are preserved and protected under government regulation. Every year, thousands of visitors are attracted to these areas, showing that modern people still have a strong connection with […]
In 1977 he was asked to accompany Queen Elizabeth II through his village. In the years that followed he was part-time mentor to David Attenborough, Mick Jagger and the Blair brothers whose popular film series “Ring of Fire” was made while they were living at Batuan’s house.
An artisan is essentially a manual worker who makes items with his or her hands, and who through skill, experience and talent can create things of great beauty as well as being functional. Before the industrial revolution virtually everything was made by artisans, from smiths (goldsmiths, blacksmiths, locksmiths, gunsmiths) to weavers, dyers carpenters, potters, etc. […]
Pura Luhur Batukau is a sacred site nestled at the southern foot of Mount Batukaru, it was built in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan, a priest from Java. Some say that Mpu Kuturan built this temple to encourage the balance of soul, ocean, forest, lake, earth, and individual. The site might have once been […]
The beauty of Bali is no secret; its sublime landscapes have been appreciated by both Indonesia and the rest of the world for years. Although most famous for sandy white beaches and clear water, this little island has much more to offer in terms of scenery, including lush green paddy fields, rugged mountains, quaint villages […]
Time moves at a slower pace in Padangbai, Karangasem. Although the sleepy little fishing village boasts a busy port that links Bali and Lombok, it isn’t affected by the rapid development that’s taking place in other tourist destinations around the island. Visitors to the village are mostly divers and tourists who are looking to get […]
Backstage before the show I had documented the Japanese wardrobe assistants preening the prime ‘puri cupcake’ lady-boys-for-a-night as deaf mutes waved giant white fans in the airless bunker. Saucy misses painted the boys’ toes scarlet, with true grit, stealing glances at their well-oiled thighs. The two megastar uncles darted in and out, offering advice and […]
Balinese building rules are very strict and adhere to two basic principles. Firstly they must conform to the needs of the gods residing within the building; secondly they must be true reflections of the exact size of the builder/owner. I find this really fascinating.