I have tended to stay away from portraits as I feel more comfortable with landscape photography. However, during my recent visit to Bali I took hundreds of portraits and have converted some of them to black and white. I hope you like them.
Bali is a small island in the Indonesian archipelago with a population of just over four million. Tourism is the major contributor to GDP but agriculture is the biggest employer. The people of Bali are warm and friendly and make wonderful subjects for portrait photography. The following are black and white images of everyday life in Bali taken during my recent trip.
Bali Street Vendor
I came across this street vendor during a cremation ceremony in Ubud. He was doing a roaring trade due to the large number of guests. I was one of his many satisfied customers.
Spice Maker – Bali Portraits
Portraits are best when they are natural and unexpected. I was so glad to come across a lady using a large pestle and mortar to grind spices in a small storeroom off the main road. I was even happier when she agreed to allow me to take her photo.
Man With Prize Cockerel – Bali Portraits
Happiness and a wide smile brighten any photo. This delightful man literally rocked with laughter each time I snapped his image.
Attending A Cremation Ceremony – Bali Portraits
Bali Corn Vendor
Corn or ‘Jagung’ grilled over hot coals is popular meal in Bali. Just add salt and coarse pepper and you have a tasty filling snack.
Lady and Carved Door – Bali Portraits
Bali Rice Farmer
The majority of Balinese farmers work in the terraced rice fields. This old gentleman was more than happy for me to take a few snaps of him going about his daily tasks. Although, I am not too sure whether he was meaning to make the particular sign in the photo.