Entrance To A Messy Alleyway

Entrance to an alleyway in Jakarta
Shot at Taman Sari district in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

There was laundry hanging out to dry and the locals were hanging around at the end of the lane

The entrance to the alleyway I found in Jakarta had a roof and it made it like a tunnel. There were benches underneath the roof where the locals could hold the gossip session. But at the time of my visit, there were no sessions held there. Instead, it was just a man sitting in a blue plastic chair doing something in a book. On the other side of the man, I could see the laundry hanging out to dry and the alleyway stretched out.

It's fun to walk down an alley where the locals seem to be hanging around in their normal clothes. Whenever I find an alley, I always feel the urge to go inside. However, I am not always welcomed. Most of the time, the reaction of the locals when they see me trying to enter an alley is indifference. But sometimes they don't want me to enter.

When I noticed the abhorrence, I have to apologize and give up trying to move deeper into the alley. In other words, you make a decision based on the reaction of the locals, but the trouble is that I can only know after I actually take action. The location in this photo was also the entrance to an alleyway where there were locals at the end of the alley, which makes me want to go there. But the entrance with a roof stood in front of me like a gate, and the man, like a gatekeeper, was sitting on the chair. It took a lot of courage to move forward here.


About Taman Sari

Taman Sari is a district of West Jakarta, Indonesia. It is the smallest subdistrict of West Jakarta (4.37 km2). Taman Sari is bounded by Central Jakarta to the south and to the east, and by North Jakarta to the north. Taman Sari district contains the southeastern area of Jakarta Old Town, the area on the east side of Kali Besar Canal. This area is the oldest area of Jakarta and a center of administration of Batavia (the old name for Jakarta) during the 17th century. This historic area is located within the Pinangsia administrative village, the northern part of Taman Sari subdistrict.

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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

June 30, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography