Please join Dayak Dave (David Metcalf) and the Buffalo Master (Mark Rayner) on our new Bali – Nyepi – Lombok adventure photography workshop and tour.
Forget all the media nonsense. This workshop is planned to show you the real culture, wildlife and landscapes on these beautiful islands. In April 2018 a very special event happens on the beautiful island of Bali Nyepi, or the day of silence is a time of celebration, and welcoming in the bad spirits to the island. On this special day the island effectively shuts down for 24 hours. However the days leading up to the silent day are full of drama, colour, and celebration, ceremonies at the temples and on the beach, parades and just plain fun.
Dave and Mark will be take you to some very special non-touristy locations. Those include Stunning landscapes at sunrise, Lake Batur and the fisherman out for their early morning catch, The salt farmers of Kusamba. The ancient ceremony of Melasti down at the beach, when homage is paid to the spirits of the ocean. Ending with the probably greatest highlight: The annual Ogah Ogah parade when huge effigies’ of the devil are paraded through the streets and then taken to the cemetery to be set alight!
There will be plenty to interest bird and wildlife photographers as we include the famous Monkey Forest and Bali Bird Park, Rural Balinese life incl the duck farmers, however perhaps the greatest highlight will be the very special dance and music performance that will be performed by the local people from the ancient village of Pejeng.
On Lombok we will be staying at the beautiful Tugu hotel, a photographic experience in itself and one of the most beautiful hotels in Indonesia. Lombok is blessed with stunning landscapes: Ranging from exquisite white sandy beaches, lush green rice fields with towering Gunung Rinjani (Indonesia’s second highest volcano) as a backdrop, massive striking headlands to turquoise coloured bays and waterfalls – it offers us everything we can wish for! Not to mention spectacular sunrises and sunsets!
We will photograph all of this and also venture into hidden villages to meet the Wetu Telu people who still practise age old beliefs. These will be days of magic and wonder and don’t expect to see many if any other tourists. Dave has already explored these places and established very good contacts on the ground which will ensure we experience something very special.
To find out more about this incredible photographic adventure and learning experience click on the link -> Bali – Nyepi – Lombok or call Mark on 0459 221678.
We’d love to have you along.
David Metcalf is a resident of Bali and has been travelling, writing and photographing throughout Indonesia for the past decade. David has held several exhibitions in Jakarta and Bali since 2002. He opened Taksu Photo Gallery in Ubud, Bali, in 2015 and uses the power of photography to educate and encourage positive social change.
David leads photography tours to Bali and Java, the USA, Myanmar, India and other destinations. He is involved in many projects in Kalimantan supporting Dayak culture and the environment.
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