The Most Breathtaking Photos of Indonesian Village Life You Will Ever See

 

“I am an amateur,” Herman Damar humbly told us when we asked about his incredible photography skills. Despite Damar’s insistence that he is just a self-taught photographer, no one can deny his natural ability and talent. In fact, it’s obvious to anyone after just a short glance at his work.

Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Damar often shows the everyday lives of rural Indonesian villages in his work. His photos capture children playing together, villagers swimming in the river and even elders at work.

“I am interested in photography because I want to capture every moment, especially the beauty and life of Indonesian society,” the Indonesian photographer explains. “I want explore the rich diversity of Indonesian culture.”

Well, if showing the beauty of Indonesian culture was his goal, he can consider his task complete. It’s rare that we come across such beautiful photos of the everyday Indonesian lifestyle.

Damar mainly uses natural light and shoots with a Canon 550D. Using Adobe Lightroom and After Effects, he makes his photos come alive. See them for yourself below and be sure to check out his official site here.

 

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Photos courtesy of Herman Damar Photography

Breathtaking Photos of Hong Kong in the “Follow Me To” Series

By now you’ve probably heard of photographer Murad Osmann. This is the guy who has gained quite a bit of popularity for his photo series called Follow Me To.

Follow Me To documents Osmann’s journey as he travels around the world with his girlfriend Nataly Zakharova, who leads the way.

In fact, Osmann openly says that Nataly is the inspiration behind the photo series. The Follow Me To series began in 2011 in Barcelona. “The first photo happened in Barcelona while we were on vacation. Nataly was a bit annoyed that I was always taking pictures of everything, so she grabbed my hand and tried to pull me forward. That said it didn’t stop me from doing photos while she was pulling me. So that’s how it all started.”

Clearly, Osmann was onto something. The popularity of the photo series has given him over a million followers on Instagram.

Much to our delight, we noticed that one of their favorite spots seems to be Hong Kong. We’ve never seen pictures quite as breathtaking. Check out the photos of the couple’s journey in Hong Kong below.

Be sure to follow Osmann on Instagram and support his official website here.

The 1600 pandas exhibition in Hong Kong.

 A junk boat in Hong Kong.

 

 

Hong Kong.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland.

 

Hong Kong nightlife.

The Temple.

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The World’s Last Women With Bound Feet

The tradition of foot binding is one that is deeply rooted in Chinese culture. The popularity of this practice continued for nearly 10 centuries and it was not until the early 1900’s that foot binding was officially banned.

As you can imagine, the process of foot binding was quite a painful one. Extremely tight binding was applied to the feet of young girls to prevent the feet from growing. To ensure that the foot stayed small, toes were curled inward and pressed with a great force until the toes were broken. As you can expect, infection and lifelong disabilities were extremely common.

Foot binding was a very obvious way of showing status. The idea was that women from wealthy families could afford the luxury of having their feet bound while women from impoverished families could not participate in the practice because it would restrict their mobility to work. Bound feet became a mark of beauty and many women who did not have their feet bound would not be able to find a husband.

The very few remaining women who had their feet bound are now in their 80s and 90s. British photographer Jo Farrell decided to document and celebrate the lives of these women. She has been photographing and interviewing women since 2006 and is currently raising funds to compile her research into a book, Living History: Bound Feet Women of China. Fastcodesign.com‘s Carey Dunne managed to speak to the photographer:

Though the foot-binding process was excruciating, Farrell says the women she spoke to didn’t express anger over their past. “The women know that having bound feet was a part of normal life at the time. It was what was required of them to find a suitable marriage,” she says. Often, women and their husbands took great pride in their tiny feet–the ideal length for a bound foot was three inches. In many cases, foot-binding led to permanent disabilities, but in the cases of the women Farrell photographed, most of whom are in their 80s and 90s, “they get around on their own just fine. Most of their ailments are to do with old age,” Farrell says. If anything, “they feel somewhat ashamed of their feet, as it is a bygone tradition and does not represent modern ways in China. They are a generation of forgotten women.”

 

Farrell acknowledges that her photographs are shocking and, at times, difficult to look at. However, she points out that we currently have a number of body modification practices which may seem just as bizarre to an outsider’s eye. We have plastic surgery, tattoos, FGM, etc.

“Perhaps her documentation of the painful remains of one culture’s insane beauty standards will help shed light on our own.” Dunne remarks.

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Time Travel Through South Korea

Korean artist Sungseok Ahn was shocked when he paid a visit to Seoul, Korea. Many of the historical landmarks he had studied about had transformed into bright and shiny skyscrapers over the years.

These emotions inspired Ahn to create the art project “Historical Present.” The idea behind the project was simple. Ahn projected an old image of a popular site onto its current state. The pictures were usually taken at sunrise or sunset when the light is ideal for beaming.

Ahn got the black-and-white photographs of Seoul in it’s former state from an old picture book that was published by the Japanese government when Korea was under imperial Japanese rule. His projections have framed Seoul’s best known and historic surfaces such as the Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Great South Gate.

Using this method of “time traveling” and showing us both the past and present of South Korea, Ahn allows us to “question the way we treat our history and explores the dynamics between space and time at the same time.”

Ahn says this project is about “the “psychological void that emerges as we live our lives forgetting.” He adds that the project is a reminder that “someday…we’re [all going to disappear] likes people in old pictures. Things change and we’re gone.”

Though his words are sad and clearly mourning the past, the photographic in “Historical Present” are nothing short of beautiful.

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Julie’s Kitchen: Introducing the Food Collage

Here at Audrey, we’ve seen all sorts of art mediums. We’ve seen a Jackie Chan portrait made entirely of chopsticks, cultural art made from make up, and even stop-motion art using a tissue. Well Julie Lee is here to add her name to this list of creative artists.

Lee is the mastermind behind popular blog, Julie’s Kitchen. Her form of art? Food collages. Lee defies all parents who have told their children not to play with their food and the results are beautiful. Using goods from the Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Market, Lee creates captivating photography.

“My food collages on Instagram started out as a way to showcase seasonal and local offerings from neighborhood farmers markets,” Lee writes on her website. “It’s evolved into an ongoing project in the study of plant design, exploration of color theory, and pure, unadulterated food-love. Let’s be real– I like to play with my food. Thanks for letting me nerd out.”

The julieskitchen instagram account has nearly 60,000 followers and for good reason. Her photos are both beautiful and delicious. Check them out below.

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About a Boy, About a Dog: An Uber Cute Photo Series

Story by Julie Ha.

There are dog lovers, and there are baby lovers. But both audiences can appreciate a series of oh-so-adorable pictures recently released by L.A.-based photographer Grace Chon.

The Korean American, who previously shot photos for KoreAm’s feature story on the most popular dog breeds among Koreans, is a commercial animal photographer, but since becoming a new mom 10 months ago, she’s added babies (human ones) to her repertoire.

“I’m a total crazy dog lady and first-time mom,” Chon confesses. Her 7-year-old dog Zoey and 10-month-old baby boy Jasper, of Korean and Chinese descent, inspired this photo series called “Zoey and Jasper.”

Chon said that both “inexplicably love the camera, and when they’re together, it’s adorable.” Well, just take a look.

The photographer has been snapping photos of her dogs Zoey and Maeby dressed in absurd outfits for years, but after she had Jasper, she realized that dogs look “amazing and ridiculous” wearing baby hats. “I took a photo of Zoey wearing Jasper’s hat, and my sister had the brilliant idea of sitting themside by side in a single shot,” said Chon, describing the origins of this photo series.

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“Zoey is an extremely shy rescue dog and hates new things—they make her shake in fear. But for some odd reason she loves clothes and absolutely loves posing for the camera,” adds Chon. “Jasper, being a photographer’s kid, loves the camera, too.”

For more of these precious photos, visit http://zoeyandjasper.tumblr.com/.

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This story was originally published in iamkoream.com.

Amazing Way Photographer Chino Otsuka Travels Through Time

Imagine how it would be like to meet yourself as a child. What would you say? How would you feel? How much would you have changed?

This is exactly the sort of questions that London-based Japanese photographer, Chino Otsuka, had in mind for her “Imagine Finding Me” series. With a unique and visually stunning method of venturing into her past, the creative photographer travels through time by inserting her current self into images of her childhood self.

The photos show Otsuka at various stages of her life as well as various places around the world. “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” Otsuka tells to AGO.

AGO explains that Otsuka utilizes photography to “to explore the fluid relationship between the memory, time and photography.”

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Image of The Day: World of Warcraft Themed Wedding

It’s no surprise that we enjoy weddings. More specifically, we love pictures and videos of weddings, engagements and proposals.

We’ve seen paint war engagement photos, a girl breaking gender roles by proposing to her boyfriend, one of the most elaborate marriage proposals and one of the most uncomfortable marriage proposals.

Clearly, there seems to be no set way to do weddings anymore. In fact we’ve seen more and more weddings stray from the traditional look as the years have gone by. A perfect example of a wedding that “strays away from the usual” is Craig and Zoe’s special day.

Wedding themes are certainly one way to make sure your wedding is special, unique and remembered. Thats probably exactly what Craig and Zoe were aiming for. It’s not everyday that we see a World of Warcraft (WoW) inspired wedding.

The multiplayer, online, roleplaying game has over seven million subscribers as is known for its addicting nature and intense fans. Needless to say, we were bound to run into two people so dedicated to the game that they would base their wedding on it.

The two certainly committed to their unique theme. Craig wore a very large suit of armor and Zoe had an intricate dress inspired by the game.

The very unique wedding attire was provided by EMI Cosplay. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself below:

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Image of The Day: These Naptime Friends Will Warm Your Heart

What’s better than an adorable little Asian baby? How about an adorable Asian baby posing with his best friend.. who happens to be an equally cute dog?

Recently, a photoset of this duo has been making its way around social media sites and is quickly becoming a viral sensation. After looking through these pictures, it obvious that the popularity of these two best friends was inevitable. Simply wrapping them up in a blanket and having them sleep made many viewers squeal.

Although it seems that the pair have just entered online popularity, the two have actually been around for quite some time now.

Maru, the shiba ina puppy, and Issa, the adorable two-year-old boy, have already been internet sensations to Japanese audiences. Their facebook has been up and running since May 2012 and they have already gathered nearly 40,000 likes in less than a year.

Clearly, these two love the camera and are ready to share their cuteness to the world. Check out their viral photoset below and click here to see even more squeal-worthy photos.

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MUST SEE: Chinese Artist Liu Bolin Disappears Into His Artwork

Over the years, you’ve probably seen Chinese artist Liu Bolin grow in popularity. Or rather, you probably haven’t seen Liu Bolin because his art pieces, which consist of him disappearing into intricate backgrounds, have given him the nickname “The Invisible Man.”

Liu Bolin’s style of artwork originally began as performance art from his solo shows in Beijing in 1998. By 2005, he began to work on his most famous series “Hiding in the City,” which addressed social problems due to China’s rapid economic development.

His art pieces, which are both amazing to look at and meaningful, have gained him international recognition and have been featured in a number of major contemporary photography festivals.

This month, Liu Bolin  has blended himself into shelved lined with comic books as part of a series of performances in Caracas, on November 2013.

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Check out his other amazing pieces below:
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