IPW Indonesia - Day 7 - Love Hill (Labuan Bajo) - Sukarara Village and Senggigi Beach (Lombok)

By this stage of my adventure, it was clear that Landscape Photographers were outnumbered. Actually, that’s an understatement. Of the entire group of 46 people (counting the invited photography delegates, the organisers and the photographers’ guests who were mostly also photographers), there were only three of us who identified ourselves specifically as Landscape Photographers. The first was our fearless and carefree tour leader Rizal Amir, the second was the friendly seascape-fanatic Wesley Law and the third was yours truly.

On the evening of Day 6, Rizal and Wesley had a chat to some local photographers while we were staying at the hotel in Labuan Bajo, and these generous locals offered them a ride to one of their favourite places for a dawn shoot.

Being the gentlemen that they are, they asked if I wanted to come.

Duh!! Hello? Is the Pope Catholic?

:) Thanks guys!!

So it was another early morning. And although it was overcast and not particularly spectacular, the name of our location made up for it! Bukit Cinta… or translated, “Love Hill”.

Awwww… how sweet!

Terima kasih!!! to the locals who took us there! (Whose names I didn’t write down and now can’t remember!! I’m so sorry!!)

We arrived back at the hotel in time to scoff a little bit of breakfast before piling into the buses to drive to the airport.

(Labuan Bajo Airport)

We flew to Denpasar…

…and then to Lombok, where we again boarded buses and drove to Pendopo. Once again, we were welcomed with song and dance and feasting, this time by the Regent of Central Lombok and some spectacularly costumed dancers.

Then we were transported to Sukarara Village where we were able to see Batik painting, weaving and other textile-making. It was clearly set up specifically for tourists to observe… and it was fascinating. I did have a quiet conversation to one of the weavers though, and wow… they work hard. I wouldn’t want to sit in that position for eight hours a day, that’s for sure…

Then it was time to go to our hotel – the Holiday Resort Lombok on Sengiggi Beach – which was very fancy!!

I could have taken photos of traditional dancers/fighters performing “Presean” (stick fighting) on the beach in front of the hotel at sunset, but I was in need of a bit of landscape time, so I opted to power-walk down the beach with Rizal to a rocky area where there was some nice wave motion.

There was about as much colour in the sunset as there had been at sunrise (ie. virtually none!) but it was beautiful nonetheless!!

And that would have been it for the day….

…except that our seemingly-inexhaustible organiser Agatha had arranged a seminar at the hotel for the following evening for a large group of local photographers, with presentations by the two Invited Speakers (Reha from Turkey and Jack from the USA)… and she also asked Wesley and I whether we’d like to give a short presentation of our work! What an honour! I wasn’t about to turn down that opportunity!

Unfortunately, I had made the decision not to take a hard drive and therefore I had none of my files with me. So I spent hours painstakingly taking screenshots of my photos from the web, creating photoshop files with them, and then pasting them into a powerpoint presentation! I collapsed into bed shortly after 1am and set my alarm for a few hours later to head back down to the beach for sunrise.

If I had’ve known how jam-packed the next day was going to be, there is no way I would have got up so early for sunrise. Day 8 was a HUGE day!

So anyway, that was Day 7 (of 10).

And in case you’ve missed any of the journals so far, here they all are!
International Photography Week Indonesia 2014… Day 1 and 2
IPW Indonesia – Day 3 – Buton – Wabula Beach and Bajo Village
IPW Indonesia – Day 4 – Suku Bajo Benteng and Laweleh Village
IPW Indonesia – Day 5 – Melo Village on the island of Labuan Bajo
IPW Indonesia – Day 6 – Pede Beach, Komodo Island, Komodo Village and Rinca Island

Thank you very much to everyone who has been following along with these journals. If it weren’t for your enthusiastic support, I would have given up my original plan long ago, and combined them all into one big journal and only included a few of the stories/photos from each day! I really appreciate your wonderful comments… it makes the late nights well worth it!!

Terima kasih banyak!


  • Angelika  Vogel
    Angelika Vogel2 months ago

    Your selection here is absolutely stunning, Mieke!! Congratulations to your fantastic works!!

  • Hi Angelika! I’m glad you enjoyed them! Thank you very much for looking/reading! :) :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • goddarb
    goddarb2 months ago

    We are simply ensuring that you make a complete and detailed report complete with appropriate images for the book you will publish and which will become the Photographer’s Guide to Photography in Indonesia (small giggle – certainly not LOL) We do, all of us, I am sure, appreciate all the trouble you are taking and all those long and late nights — in fact we love it!

    My favourite photo in this journal is the one in the airport beside the hose. Mainly because it is so unexpected. The clouds and water images are definitely skillfully done and beautiful. But your portraits are getting better and better. The weaving is incredibly delicate and precise and the postures must be torture in a short while. If day 8 was humungous then it will take you a while to get it ready but – along with everyone else – I am waiting…… Love this odyssey – always have to ready as soon as I see it! Such an interesting and beautiful work.

  • goddarb
    goddarb2 months ago

    Shoot! Last line should be “always have to read it..”

  • Awwww, shucks! I’m grinning so big, Beth – thank you so much! You make me laugh! And I like the one with the fire hydrant too… I asked his permission for a photo and took one… but then I waited until he wasn’t looking anymore and took another one (this one) which I thought was much better!
    Thanks again. I will try to get Day 8 completed a.s.a.p!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Jen Wahl
    Jen Wahl2 months ago

    Wow, Mieke! Your photos and day sound amazing! Thanks so much for taking the time to share :)

  • Thanks so much, Jen!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! It’s lovely to receive a comment from you :) :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackel2 months ago

    Beautiful images, fascinating.

  • Thank you, Cindy! :D

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Ann  Van Breemen
    Ann Van Breemen2 months ago

    Wowsers Mieke, lucky your young and fit. That’s some schedule you had. Love the texture in those clouds. Also love your portraits. For a "just"a landscape photographer you’re pretty darn good at portraits too!!! Excellent processing. :)

  • :) :) :)
    Thanks heaps, Ann!!
    I learned a lot about portraiture on this trip… It was a steep learning curve!!
    I still feel much more comfortable taking photos of landscapes than people though… ;)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Michelle Cocking
    Michelle Cocking2 months ago

    Once again a wonderful insight into the people and culture through your photography and diary. Thank you for sharing this fantastic experience with us Mieke :)

  • Thank you, Michelle! i’m glad you’re still enjoying these journals :) Three more to go! :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jackson2 months ago

    So many more beautiful images Mieke, I loved the batik painting, it must take them ages to finish one item, they are such hard workers. The costume photo’s are fantastic, Love the light and colour in them, very beautiful and what a busy day, you poor thing, but by the sounds of it, it was all so worth it, thanks again for sharing Mieke, I’m really enjoying these, I have just realised I’ve missed day 6, so shall go back and have a look. :o)x

  • Thanks, Josie! :) :) :)
    I still don’t think I’ve caught up on sleep, to be honest!! But yes – it was absolutely worth it. Thank you so much for reading them all!!! xox

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Ian Houghton
    Ian Houghton2 months ago

    Mieke, you opened today’s blog describing yourself as a landscape photographer – after this trip, I think you need to consider a new description as you have clearly proven beyond any doubt that your amazing talent goes way beyond landscapes.

  • :) :) :) Thanks, Ian. I still feel much more comfortable photographing landscapes though!! But it’s true – this trip taught me a great deal about other genres of photography, and I really enjoyed the challenge :) Thanks again!!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • rjcolby
    rjcolby2 months ago

    I have been enjoying each of your reports Mieke, so thank you very much for the time and trouble to make them. You write very well, so we can feel what you felt, and see what you saw. Thanks.

  • Thank you so much, Dick! It makes me really happy to know that you (and others) are enjoying these journals :) It was a wonderful trip and I’m so glad that I’m able to share the experience with you!

    – Mieke Boynton