Sunday, October 12, 2008

Colors of The Street



Last week, a couple of photographer friends from other cities came over to Bandung and asked if I could accompany them for a photo hunting. One of them happens to be the kind of photographers who like street scenes (street photography) and the other is one who is more interested in geometry and architectural photography. To accomodate their different interests, I took them to the city center (Jalan Asia Afrika, Alun-alun [The City Square], Jalan Braga, and a couple of different other places around the area where the streets are "alive" and where some of Bandung's most important architectural heritage are located.

The photo hunting tour I gave was quite productive. Each of us could get quite a great number of photographs that we are quite happy with.

I took this photo with my Canon Powershot A510, a small pocket camera that I always have with me. I was interested in the colors of these cheap but attractive belts sold by a street vendor at Alun-alun Bandung (Bandung's city square). I framed tightly to emphasize the interesting color patterns of these belts and deliberately included that card "OBRAL Rp 5.000" to give the photo an informative touch. "Obral" is the Indonesian word for "sale". At the current rate, Rp 5.000 is equal to about 50 cents US dollars. Very cheap indeed for their attractive colors and design.

11 comments:

Share my point of view... said...

Wow! 50 cents!!! They certainly do look colourful despite the price.

JM said...

Very cool, Eki!

Laurie said...

I really like the kaliedoscope feeling of looking at this image. It's so festive and happy with all those scattered colors. I might have just passed this up as a subject, but you show here that it is really interesting to look at. Nice work as always, Eki! I'll bet it was a fun day of photo hunting.

Mahmud Yussop said...

Interesting.First time I see belts being displayed rolled up.

alaya said...

i just remember that i need a new belt

Virginia said...

Eki
This abstract shot is a little different from your norm. I like it. I might give it a whirl sometime too. I need to step out of my box more often!

Blognote said...

This looks so festive and colourful. Sometimes the most obvious objects can indeed compose an excellent photo!!

Ming the Merciless said...

I had to admit, I like your background stories to the photos.

50 cents for a beat? Wow, that's cheap indeed. It costs about US$5 here even at the street vendors.

Rambling Woods said...

50 cents..I don't know if you can get anything here for 50 cents. I never would have thought of taking a photo like that..yet it is interesting and very telling at the same time. Glad you had fun with your friends...

Danial said...

Wow.How many belt in this pictures?

Layrayski said...

Your city sounds so interesting Eki. I can only imagine the fun that you had with your friends