Bali Raw & Unfiltered
(of an emotion or quality) Strong and undisguised, frank and realistic in the depiction of unpleasant facts or situations.
(image format) Widely known among professional photographers a RAW image refers to a picture that contains data that have not been compressed, encrypted or processed in any manner.
When it comes to photography the processing of an image actually already starts before you make it and one of the most important decisions in this process is what or what not to include in the picture you take. A fact that has become more and more apparent to me ever since I live in Bali. As a landscape photographer I am always striving to find and capture the singular beauty of a place and while there are certainly (still) some wonderful places and landscapes to photograph in Bali the undeniable truth is that points of view from where one can admire those unrestricted and uncluttered are getting fewer. The decision of what to exclude while framing the photographs I envision to make is becoming more challenging every day if what I want to show is a wonderful, clean and unpolluted view.
Just if you are wondering: Of course I am aware that I am part of the problem, the ever-growing pollution, the never ending construction and destruction of nature in general. The intent of this article is not to criticise anyone or anybody in particular or at all but it is merely part and starting point to a personal project with which I try to achieve two things: First, pick up more often my camera and do what I love most which for different reasons I haven’t done very much since I came to live in Bali and second, create a collection of memories of how Bali looks to me today. So if you don’t want to see behind the scenes, if you don’t want the picture perfect Instagram view of the unspoiled paradise island scratched and stained then you are probably better of checking out my Indonesia image gallery If however you are curious to see how the everyday Bali presents itself to me then have a look at my running project to complete your picture of Bali. Raw and unfiltered.
On the picture above is a view of Pantai Kayu Putih only a few minutes up the coast from all the hustle and bustle of the main tourist beaches in Kuta. Most mornings we come here to walk our dogs. While it is not always looking like this especially in the rainy season it becomes a big pile of trash due to all the rubbish that gets washed out into the sea by the rivers and the offshore wind that blows the waste back to the beach instead of out to the ocean. The dog walk becomes a constant battle between avoiding broken bottles and light bulbs in the sand and trying to not loose sight of the dogs so they don’t eat anything suspicious they find among the garbage. In the background the quiet newly built Lv8 5 Star Resort Hotel Bali.