Culture, Color and a Global Gathering at Gawai Festival

Story by STEPHANIE BROOKES Photos by DAVID METCALF I stood with my blowpipe at the ready. “Gather strength from your core and aim high,” Agus advised. “We are excited to have an Australian team enter the competition and best of luck to you”, he added with a broad smile. More than...

The Wana Wanderers of Sulawesi

Story by Stephanie Brookes Photos by David Metcalf There is only one way to meet the Wana tribe. You must walk into their rugged territory. Arrangements should be made in advance because the Wana are wanderers and their territory is vast. They pack up and move when the village...

Ogoh Ogoh on the Loose in Bali

Ogoh Ogoh Life in Bali revolves around ceremonies, and one of the major highlights is Nyepi, the Day of Silence. The three to five day period leading up to Nyepi Day is one of the most exciting, colourful and festive times on the island. However, from the stroke of midnight on...

Into the Wilds – Sabangau National Park

Sebangau National Park I started my trek in the Sabangau National Park, Central Kalimantan under a veil of darkness. The earthy smell of the peat bog forest rose sharply to greet me as I held my torch steady so as not to trip and fall into the organic black water swamp that lay...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...