Facts about Indonesia

I borrowed this list from http://journal.marisaduma.net, (who in turn borrowed it from this discussion on Facebook). Not vouching for 100% accuracy, but I’m sure it’s pretty close. Interesting country don’t you think?

    Did you know, that with more than 250.000.000 people, Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world?

    Did you know, that there are 316 ethnic groups which speak 670 dialects in Indonesia?

    Did you know that it is forbidden not to have a religion in Indonesia? (doesn’t matter which one as long as you have one)

    Did you know, that there are around 400 volcanoes in Indonesia, and 150 out of them are active, which represents 75% of all active volcano on the planet? (so only 50 for the rest of the world)

    Did you know, that Indonesia is more than 5.000 kilometres long? (which is an average length for a continent)

    Did you know, that Indonesia has the longest coastline in the world, with 100.000 kilometres long?

    Did you know, that Indonesia is probably the last country in the world, which has still unexplored territories, and is not completely mapped? (especially around Irian Jaya)

    Did you know, that there are 17.508 islands in Indonesia, which is the largest Archipelago in the world?

    Did you know, that if you could spend only 1 day on each island of Indonesia, you would need 48 years to see all of them? (transportation between islands not counted)

    Did you know, that on the 17.508 islands, only 6.000 have a name, and only 1.000 are inhibited?

    Did you know, that there are 25% of the world coral reefs in Indonesia?

    Did you know, that on the 4.500 species of reef fishes existing in the oceans worlwide, around 3.500 of them have been identified in Indonesia?

    Did you know, that Indonesia has the biggest underwater biodiversity in the world?

    Did you know, that Indonesia is the 2nd largest global biodiversity (water + land + air) after Brazil?

Photo Exhibition in Boston Area

After a hellish amount of preparation, the photo exhibition is finally coming together. The show starts today and will finish tomorrow night (the 17th and 18th). I managed to send 100 prints from Indonesia, 72 of which will be up for grabs. Matted, signed, etc. I truly hope it’s a success, as this is the first time I’ve shown my work without actually being there. I’ve come across many obstacles, yet all will surely lead me to a smoother journey next time. I’ll say it again, anyone interested in purchasing prints from the show or other work you’ve seen on javajive, chances are it’s available; simply send me an email and we’ll take care of the order.

A big thanks goes out to Laurel Howe for representing my work for this exhibition and the coming months on the East Coast. Ian, Alicia, and Cindy for editing my artist’s statement at least 31 times. And to Novita for putting up with my 10 day marathon on the computer and limited sleep.

Speaking of artist’s statement. I figure I may as well share the fruit of my efforts. I hope it doesn’t come across as being pretentious:

Indonesia has been my home for many years. It is a land of exquisite beauty, exotic cultures, and fascinating people, all of which have been a continual source of inspiration for my photography.

During my time here, I have seen the magnificence of destruction, the hope of rebuilding, and an astounding resilience which is a testament to the Indonesian people’s vitality and perseverance. My journeys often take me into areas of absolute poverty, yet smiles abound. Vibrant colors saturate the landscape, and unimaginable splendor is found in the most unexpected of places.

My photographs tend to explore the juxtaposition of the mundane and the exotic and seek the essence of what makes something beautiful. This may take the form of a graceful Balinese dancer’s feet twirling around delicate flower petals, the sky blue of a slum wall behind the brilliant fuchsia of a food vendor’s cart, or the rain-soaked tea plantations carpeting the side of a perilous volcano. Through this collection of photographs, I hope to share Indonesia’s vitality and the simple allure of this breathtaking country.

Let the show begin!

For those of you interested in making it to the exhibition, here’s a map:

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A friend of mine, Ian, just blogged about his experience traveling to Mt. Bromo – the well known volcano in East Java. He took some gorgeous pics (the photo above is his, not mine!) and, as always, descriptively conveys what it’s like to be there through well-written posts. I was hoping to go with them on this trip, but failed miserably at planning ahead of time.

The third sign of Java’s vigorous population appeared at the popular scenic overlook where people gather to watch the sunrise over the volcanic bowl which contains Bromo and other volcanic cones. We approached the lookout at five in the morning after driving for an hour across the “Sea of Sand”, the most desolate piece of land I have ever driven across, and inching up some of the steepest chunks of pavement I have ever inched up. Near the summit we were greeted by a sea of people, actually not a sea because a sea spreads out, there is not much spreading on top of a mountain, so it was actually a huge blob of people.