Motorbike Taxi Driver Relaxing

Motorbike taxi driver waiting by the roadside of Jakarta
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The motorbike taxi driver was lazy and relax on his vehicle by the roadside in Jakarta

I stepped out of the huge Istiqlal Mosque. Outside, the sun was floating in the sky of Jakarta, and I couldn't believe it was still January. I think the strong sunshine evaporates not only the water from people but also their motivation. Just working diligently under this kind of sunshine is a challenge. People setting up a stall near the entrance of the mosque were also working leisurely, and the motorbike taxi driver in this photo was also relaxed. People must be made to not work when it's too hot.

The motorbike taxi driver was lying on top of his vehicle, waiting for customers. He didn't seem to get many customers. But that didn't mean he seemed not to be trying to make a sale himself. Maybe he thought it was God's will that the customers came, or didn't come. When I got close to him, he didn't start to make a strong pitch to me. So, I was not sure if he didn't have my presence in his mind. However, when I pointed the camera at him, he posed with his arms outstretched firmly.

Incidentally, this man appeared to be an independent driver called OJEK, not Grab or Gojek.


About Jakarta

Jakarta, officially the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. On the northwest coast of the world's most-populous island of Java, it is the centre of economy, culture and politics of Indonesia with a population of more than ten million as of 2014[update]. Although Jakarta only covers 699.5 square kilometres (270.1 sq mi), the smallest among any Indonesian provinces, its metropolitan area covers 6,392 square kilometres (2,468 sq mi); it is the world's second-most populous urban area after Tokyo, with a population of about 30 million as of 2010.

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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

July 17, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


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