Tukad Unda Dam
During my recent visit to Bali, I decided to base myself in more than location and get a better feel of everyday life. After four full days in Legian, I moved from the beach to the countryside. Ubud would be my base for the next few days.
Photographers wanting to capture everyday life in Bali should consider visiting the Tukad Unda Dam in the Klungfung Regency of eastern Bali. Getting there is easy via sealed roads and it is a leisurely twenty kilometres from Ubud. The wall of the dam harnesses the water of the Tukad Unda River. This spot is popular among the neighbouring population who come to bathe and wash their clothes. It is also frequented by the local children who love to play in the water. Just below the dam wall there is a great place to photograph particularly because of its two level structure. The falling water provides an amazing effect.
The village of Semarapura borders Tukad Unda Dam and it is possible to get one of the local entrepreneurs to gather a bunch of children to poise for photos. The following are a sprinkling of action images from my visit. The boys referred to themselves as the ‘Tukad Unda River Boys’.