The start of the year saw me say farewell to my new home in the Netherlands and head back to the reality (and comfort) of Sydney. 4 months to reacquaint myself with family, friends and my beautiful city before I threw myself off into another adventure.
The first two weeks has been a whirlwind of stunning scenery, kind people and complex challenging questions that we have been given to grapple with. How do people interact with their economies, environments and each other? What external pressures lead to more or less sustainable outcomes? Through teasing out answers, my own questions have started to float in:
What role do we play in this (the environment, the economy, sustainability)?
What ethics exist around working in the field?
Who has the right to share their stories, and in what light should we present this?
The ethics of how we display our travels has been something that I have been thinking about, as we have been exploring and learning. As a (very) amateur photographer I want to be able to make a composition that is stunning. And Indonesia is stunning. Indonesia, just like everywhere else, also has huge environmental and developmental challenges that it faces. I want to learn how to tell a more rich and complex story than one that simply romanticises, but I also don't want to loose the beauty and kindness of the people. Photography and storytelling comes through a lens that we all hold. A lens that is shaped from our experiences and expectations of the world. Although it is also shaped by our capabilities as a photographer, and knowing how to (in)properly expose a shot. Some photos come with ramblings, enjoy.