Man Surrounded By Portraits

Man painting in a small gallery
Shot at Sawah Besar district in Jakarta, Indonesia ©Tetsu Ozawa
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The man was painting in a booth that looked like a small gallery-like workshop

As I walked towards a shop selling postcards in Jakarta, I came across a row of small galleries. There was an area where painters gathered on the sidewalk also on Hayam Wuruk Street, but here the place I found in Sawah Besar district was more authentic. On Hayam Wuruk Street, the painters were just laying out their works on the sidewalk, but here each painter had a small but gallery-like booth.

Each booth was like a portfolio of the artist's work. As I looked at them, I could see that each painter had a different specialty. I guessed that the painter in this photo was one of those who are good at painting portraits. There were a number of portraits on the narrow walls, including one of Fidel Castro's. As a viewer of the movie 'Act of Killing', I'm worried that it's okay to hold up a portrait that evoked communism.

The hunt for Indonesian Communists by right-wing forces, the subject of 'Act of Killing', happened in 1965. That was over 60 years ago. Nowadays, it may not be a problem to express sympathy for communism. But the key thing is that communism itself does not have the momentum it had in the past.

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Jul 2020 INDONESIA PEOPLE

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PHOTO DATA

No

11612

Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

July 21, 2020

Place

Jakarta, Indonesia

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF