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David was chosen for the third time to be the Masterclass photographer for Garuda inflight magazine in Jan 2017

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Explore the magic, beauty and cultures of Bali with Taksu Photography tours.

Full Day & Half Day Photo Tour Bali

half day & full day
Join Ubud based photographer David Metcalf & local Balinese Nyoman on a full day or half day tour and discover the inner world of Bali. ~This Photo tour is for photographers of all levels~ What to expect: Join special ceremonies in local villages Gain a deeper understanding of your camera Professional guidance by masterclass photographers Take spectacular photographs in stunning...
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Discover the essence of place with photography tours

30 Mar 2017 - 08 Apr 2017
18 May 2017 - 23 May 2017
04 Jun 2017 - 10 Jun 2017
16 Aug 2017 - 29 Aug 2017
03 Sep 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
17 May 2017 - 24 May 2017

Indonesia’s Hidden Heritage

Indonesia’s Hidden Heritage is a vibrant and insightful travelogue, delving into the far corners of the archipelago, discovering hidden cultures and forgotten traditions.

David Metcalf’s photography captures the absolute essence of Indonesia’s diverse lands, while Stephanie Brookes brilliantly conveys in words the wonderment as they travel around the nation.

International Shipping $30.90
Local shipping Indonesia $19.57


Looking for Borneo

Looking for Borneo as “a celebration of the island of Borneo, its environment and its people. At the same time, it is a call to action, a plea to save this special place from the ravages of development.

A collection of writings, drawings, photographs and music, inspired by Kalimantan and Mark Heyward’s acclaimed book, Crazy Little Heaven, an Indonesian Journey, this new volume is a unique artistic collaboration and a fine contribution to the body of Indonesian travel literature.

International Shipping $80.34
Local shipping Indonesia $52.53


Bali Essence

Promising to be the most evocative book on Bali yet, Master Photographer David Metcalf, with Balinese talent, Nyoman Pujawan, take you on a journey of old Bali.

Narrated by Clare McAlaney, this book will bring emotions to the fore as you explore the road less traveled, while pondering on the possibility it could be lost forever.

International Shipping $32.96
Local shipping Indonesia $21.22

Indonesia has always been stunning – every single island is a real treat and we are thrilled to present you our calendar for 2017! This selection of photographs takes you on a year long journey through this diverse and colourful country! By buying one of these calendars, you will support the local Dayaks in Borneo as they work hard in preserving their incredible culture and forests! 10% of each calendar sold goes to David’s projects in Borneo. 175,000 IDR 105,000 IDR each or two for 300,000 IDR - 210,000 IDR Limited supply – So grab your calendar for 2017 quick! Local sale. Contact if you want to get one or come around to Taksu Photo Gallery, Ubud Bali.


Vibrant and Historic Jakarta

It’s a huge modern city with a towering skyline and a patchwork of small back lanes where life continues as it has done for hundreds of years. Words: Stephanie Brookes Photography: David Metcalf Jakarta has a fascinating mix of modern and traditional kampong (village) life. Local...
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Masterclass Indonesian Cultural Dance

One of the most enjoyable aspects of photography in Indonesia is being able to witness an incredible variety of cultural dance, with many different styles very distinct from each other. I have chosen to represent six dances that I have photographed over the past two years, from...
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Where The Wild Things Roam

Words by Stephanie Brookes – Photos by David Metcalf Tangkahan is a remote village in northern Sumatra where you can sleep in the jungle that the Sumatran elephant, tiger, rhinoceros, orangutan and clouded leopard call home. There were only two ways to access my bed for the...
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Cock Fighting Showdown

Written By Stephanie Brookes – Photos By David Metcalf I witnessed my first cockfight in Bali, in a small village just outside Ubud. I stumbled upon it by chance when I was running, with a local sports club, on a Saturday afternoon. Our route took us through a temple...
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The Osing of East Java

Text and Photos: David Metcalf “It’s a very tough life for us sulphur quarry workers,” Ali said, “I had to stop quarry work at Ijen crater when I was just 35 years old as my back was in bad shape and the pain in my legs was giving me too much trouble.” Ali is now a porter and has...
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Reflecting on Indonesia’s Hidden Heritage 2016

Story for: Now Jakarta – Hidden Heritage PDF – December Issue 2016 Text STEPHANIE BROOKES – Photos DAVID METCALF Each month, our intrepid duo Stephanie Brookes, Writer and David Metcalf, Photographer set off to explore some of the lesser-known enclaves of...
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Happy Daze

Stephanie Brookes delves deeply into her yoga practice while falling in love with Bhutan, a spiritual Buddhist nation widely known as ‘the land of happiness’. BHUTAN IS A SECLUDED PLACE. A TINY KINGDOM THAT SITS NESTLED BETWEEN CHINA AND INDIA, IT IS SHADOWED BY PEAKS AS HIGH AS...
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Dancing The Cakalele

Text STEPHANIE BROOKES Photos DAVID METCALF “Mantara village, Talibu Island is an isolated paradise of rih culture in language, music and dance.” The sound of the ancient gong called the two warriors to the stage. This was no ordinary stage; we were on a remote island...
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Kaharingan – Dayak Ngaju Cultural Identity

Download PDF version here: Hidden_Heritage_Travel.pdf “…It is heartening to see traditional dance and music still strong in our village and others, but many of the stories are lost and I am not sure young Dayak children really understand what it means to be Dayak in today’s...
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