I've never been to South-East part of Asia and wanted to go there for a very long time. Of-course there are many great locations in this part of the world, but I was always dreaming of going to Indonesia. I've seen a lot of photographs from other people and to me it felt very mysterious and interesting. It is such a huge and such a diverse country with so many different islands, I just wanted to see all of that myself.
I have been taking a lot of photographs during the trip and I ended up with nearly 3000 photos after I got back to New York. I started to look into them and I will definitely be sharing more photos and telling more details about each place I visited. But for now I have decided to select TOP 30 photos that represent the trip the best and put together a short story highlighting the best moments and share it in a simple magazine format.
I was traveling together with my good friend and we decided to spend the first part of the trip sightseeing cities and big things and the second part of the trip relaxing in quiet and distant places. That's why the first week we spent seeing Jakarta, I really wanted to see how people live in bigger cities and then Yogyakarta, obviously to see Borobudur and Prambanan. Then we went to Bali, the place everyone is talking about and causing so much buzz :) but it would have been strange to go to Indonesia for a month and not to see it.
We were hit by some heavy on and off rains in Bali and were just looking at the map and weather forecast around Indonesia deciding where to go next. That's how we ended up on Gili Islands near Bali. We loved it so much so we stayed there for almost a week before moving on. Water and snorkeling was great, we met some interesting people there, the view of Lombok island from Gili is just magnificent.
In the beginning of the trip we knew we wanted to go to Banda Islands, as it was described as the best place in Indoensia. And it turned out to be Eldorado that is impossible to get to :) From Gili we went to Lombok and took a flight to Makassar and then from there to Ambon. In Ambon we were trying to figure out how to get to Bandas but it was quite impossible. All the tourists we run into Ambon were in the same situation, they all were coming there and discovering there's no way to "Eldorado" :) Flights to Bandas were stopped, there was a "mysterious" ferry that leaves from Ambon every two or three weeks, but we just missed it for a couple of days and would need to wait for a while to make it there. That's why we decided to get tickets and fly to Kei Islands instead. Kei was great! So different to the rest of Indoensia in terms of nature and even how people look. We met a lot of travelers staying in Kei who were initially planning to go to Banda Islands as well, but like us, could not make it :)
Kei was the last stop of our trip and we started heading back from there.
For each place I visited I wanted to make a small typography illustration that would highlight different elements and details that I associate with it.
For example Gili has a Komodo lizard that I've seen there, sea with flippers for snorkeling and type has a pattern made out of fishes. Borobudur has a type treatment in shape of the actual temple and statues in the middle. Lombok I remembered for it's mountains constantly covered with clouds and of course monkeys everywhere. Ambon was a true small harbor city covered with boats of different caliber all around. Bali I remembered for it's masks/makeup form Balenese dance. Yogyakarta highlights a route from the city going around the hills and mountains to see Borobudur and Prambanan. Jakarta has a cargo stamp for an old colonial harbor and trading city. Kei islands highlight multiple sea and nature textures in each letter and of course small carbs.
I've been writing a lot previously about my retouch process. It took me on average 5 to 15 minutes to retouch each photograph. Here you can see some before and after photos from the mag.
Similar to my previous mag the layout consist of full bleed image with elements on top of it, such as a small map of Indonesia with location where the photograph was taken, description of the photo or a small story and a custom illustration I mentioned above.
I will keep retouching and showing more photographs from each place, but for now, enjoy the "One Month Off — Indonesia"