As a country with over 300 ethnic groups spread across more than 17.000 islands, Indonesians are bound to have a plethora of beauty. These magnificent combinations of mixed cultures mean that the lucky Indonesians get to play with infinite elements of tradition, whether in beauty, fashion, and of course, photography.

 

One of the traditional dresses that I absolutely adore is the Qipao or Cheongsam. There is something about this elegant and timeless piece that brings out the modesty, softness, and beauty all at once. It’s truly a blessing, for both the wearers and the admirers, that Qipao is making quite a comeback in recent years. And not just in wedding photography, but in celebrations of many other Chinese traditions as well, such as the Chinese New Year or other ceremonies and festivals. ... more

Jan 19, 2017 | By Donny
THE WEDDING OF NICO & FELICIA
 

It’s not uncommon for couples to face trials during the wedding preparations. Somehow, I think it makes them stronger. Like most couples, Nico and Feli faced challenges too. But what impressed me was how they responded to the problem.

 

It was raining all December. Nico and Feli had to make the decision to use a tent or not in their outdoor wedding. Can you imagine how it felt to hear the weather forecast tell you that there will be a thunderstorm on the day of your wedding and you were already dreaming of saying your vows on a bright day with blue skies above you? I’m sure that most people would immediately think of Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. No wait, I think most people, in the midst of the panic, fear, and anxiety, would make sure to bring control into their own hands and call a Shaman to drive away the rain. ... more

Dec 11, 2016 | By Adi
MATAWAI AMAHU PADDA NDJARA HAMU
 

Sumba, 2016. We were several islands closer to the sun’s nest, and life here is getting closer to surreal. This is an island where Sandalwood ponies roam through hills and graze under dwarf Sandalwood trees. Wooden houses are built without any sort of adhering tools, and school children picnic in the middle of interstates.

 

I still wonder, though, why would they take a nap, play guitar, and enjoy lunch in the middle of the road? Any logical answer is irrelevant because they would also ride those wild ponies, without saddles, and toddlers would also enjoy miles of afternoon walk in bare feet, alone. I was so worried about the toddler but locals said that it’s simply their way of enjoying life. ... more

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