Monday, September 15, 2008

Helmet Boxes

HELMET BOXES copyrights Eki Akhwan

I have probably come accross this quite so often, but never really paid attention to how interesting it is photographically for its colors and patterns, that is until recently.

These boxes are available at what we call here "Tempat Penitipan Helm" or helmet deposit counter. You can find them in almost any motocycle parking lots in major shopping malls in Bandung.

Leaving your helmet on your motorbike in the parking lot is generally safe, but as a precaution and for your convenience, it is advisable to leave your helmet at a helmet deposit counter like this. The parking lot management charges you extra for this, of course. But this is more convenient and a lot cheaper than having your helmet wet (in an open parking lot and when it's raining) or stolen, especially if you have an expensive helmet. The charge is usually about 1,000 rupiahs (less than 10 cents dollars).

I took this photograph at the parking lot of Bandung Electronic Center (BEC), a mall specializing in selling electronic goods, on Purnawarman Street, a couple of weeks ago.

6 comments:

Laurie said...

Wow, Eki. Are there that many motorcyclists in Bandung to make these deposit boxes commonplace?

I agree -- this is very photogenic and beautiful in its geometry, colors and textures. I love finding art in the mundane.

Virginia said...

From the portal I thought that these were football helmets! HA Oh why did I think you would have American football helmets on your blog????? Guess I am into Auburn football too much. LIked hearing about how you can check your helmet when you park your cycle.

Layrayski said...

you are right eki! I never looked at it as a good photography subject, but it is! we have these too but along with other baggage. =)

Vannya... said...

Motorcycles and helmets... I'm sure that those things become a very familiar with Indonesian people across area... maybe across age... and absolutely you will find those things across road. If you want to buy a motorcycle in Indonesia, you will get a free nice helmet...

babooshka said...

This very appealing. Circles within squares. This would be a good isea for all the bikers we get here.

Michelle's Rambling Woods said...

Are you required by law to wear helmets as many states in the US are?