The theme of the current Matador U photo lab is “work”, and I had quite a few pictures that fit the theme that I would have liked some feedback on. I chose this market shot from the Tana Toraja region in Indonesia’s Sulawesi. I was trying, in one shot, to emphasize the activity in the … Continue reading
Aside from China, Indonesia is one of the only countries I find myself continually going back to as a destination in itself and not just a convenient transit point. The great combination of jungle adventure, beachy laziness, intercultural immersion, memorable food, and cheap travel make it one of those rare places where everything just kind … Continue reading
Hidden in a caldera in central Sumatra, the waters of Lake Maninjau lap against the shores of empty guesthouses and accessible waterfall hiking. Definitely a good spot for relaxing after the rigors of a trek near Bukittingi or visiting villages in Pulau Mentawi.
Just outside of Bukittingi, Sianok Gorge hugs the city’s river.
For a town without a lot to do, I really enjoyed Bukittingi. After about a week and a half I finally decided I needed to leave and travel somewhere more exciting. One of my favorite things about the city, though, was that every afternoon the light on the volcanoes surrounding the town lit them beautifully … Continue reading
Now featuring the singing talents of our second shamanic hosts!
Perhaps the most intrinsically exciting chore I got to tag along for with the Mentawi people was a shaman making poison to tip his hunting arrows with.
You realize the phrase had to come from somewhere, right? Something I had before only associated with the Lion King, when our guide talked about the chance to go “grub hunting” I was actually pretty excited. She being a bit of an insecto-phobe, Joanna and Batiste stayed behind on this one. While our all-around awesome … Continue reading