Bali Raw - Introduction

raw /rô/ - adjective
(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 or processed in any manner.

In photography the processing of an image actually already starts before it is taken and one of the most important decisions in this process is what and what not to include in the picture. A decision that has become more and more relevant to me ever since I live in Bali. As a landscape and travel photographer I am always striving to find and capture the singular beauty of a place and while there are certainly (still) wonderful sites and landscapes to photograph in Bali the undeniable truth is that the locations from where those can be admired unrestricted and uncluttered are getting less. The decision of what to exclude while framing the photographs I envision to make is becoming more challenging by the day if what I want to show is the wonderful, clean and unpolluted picture of Paradise that so many imagine when they dream of Bali.

I am certainly aware that I am part of the problem. The ever growing pollution, the never ending construction and the destruction of rural habitats and natural resources. The intent of "Bali Raw" however is not to criticise anyone or anybody in particular.
After 4 years on the island I had, unavoidably, also a look behind the facades of "Paradise" and it is not always easy to deal with a reality that is quiet different to what one reads and sees on travel websites, Instagram & Co. or the colourful brochures of travel agents. The articles of this project are a way to get off my chest what bewilders me and also, sometimes, makes me angry. They are a diary, my intent of self therapy, a collection of thoughts and images that I feel, would I not let them out, sooner or later would be too much to bear.

"2 AM and I'm still awake, writing a song If I get it all down on paper, it's no longer inside of me, threatening the life it belongs to. And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud and I know that you'll use them, however you want to."
- Anna Nalick from the song "Breathe" -

"Bali Raw" is not part of my website that is accessible through the navigation menu. After all it is a personal project not really meant (at this point) for the general public. If you landed here it is most likely through a direct link that has been given to you or through almighty Mr. Google.
If you find yourself intrigued to look deeper into my raw impressions of the "Island of the Gods" you may find all articles here. If however you prefer to keep the beautiful memories you took home with you when you visited Bali or you simply want to see the Paradise that made it famous then please visit my Indonesia Photo Gallery.

Pantai Kayu Putih - Batu BeligThe beach that is somewhat closest to where we live. 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.

Footnote: The reason I am writing in English, also though German is my native language, is because my "daily language" at the moment is English and I tend to think easier in the language I do presently speak most also if that means that grammatically it might not always be correct. For all you nerds out there: My apologies but after all this is my diary.