Sometimes I go back through the pictures I haven’t uploaded or processing and yesterday I discovered these from a trip to Jakarta back in 2007.
The people there were incredibly friendly and even though it was a hardcore poor area (like a slum) I felt safe at all times.
Everyone was really happy to have their picture taken and most posed willingly. It was quite an experience, I was staying around the Ciputra area in Jakarta.
There are of course the Indonesian versions of the venerable Thai tuk-tuk known as a ‘bajaj’.
And this industrious fella on his bike fully loaded up.
Then there’s the people which gravitated towards my lens, flocking to be in frame and giving their best pose and hand signal. This fella was just riding along on his bicycle.
This friendly looking fella was a bajaj driver looking for customers, non of them hassled me for a ride tho. I guess it’s not much of a tourist area.
This fella was one of a bunch just sitting around smoking kretek and chatting, it seems like no one around there needs to work.
This fella had one hell of a stylo pose, a motobike taxi driver. Quite common over there, especially with the traffic. The fastest way to get anywhere is to hope on the back of a motorcycle.
Another very happy bike taxi driver. They really are jolly people!
Tired looking newspaper seller, it’s hard work and dusty too with all the car/bike fumes.
And of course the slum kids, knocking on car windows and playing their little guitars to try and earn some money.
This girl was happy when I took her picture though.
You can see the full set here: