Motorbike Taxi Driver Thumbing Up Cheerfully

Motorbike taxi driver giving a happy thumbs up
Shot near Sawah Besar station in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The motorbike taxi driver waiting for customers thumbed up with both hands

This was the intersection of a big street called Samanhudi in Jakarta. You can see a lot of motorbike taxis waiting for customers at the intersection of the big street in this city. The same is true at this intersection. There were a number of motorbikes parked on the side of the road, and drivers were waiting for customers. The man in this photo was one of them. He wore driver's gloves on both hands, ready to leave at any time, and relaxed on his vehicle.

Jakarta's hailing services such as Gojek and Grab are in full swing, but this guy didn't look like he was registered for either of them. He seemed to be a lone wolf, so-called Ojek. Even in Indonesia, smartphones are a common item, and many motorbike taxis are also compatible with dispatch apps. But there are still people like him who are working offline. Looking at the situation, it seems that the digital divide is growing in this country as well. When everyone starts asking for dispatch via their smartphones, the man's job will dry up.

I don't know if men are aware of that. But when I pointed the camera at him, he gave me a happy thumbs up while lying on his vehicle.


What is digital divide?

A digital divide is any uneven distribution in the access to, use of, or impact of information and communications technologies (ICT) between any number of distinct groups, which can be defined based on social, geographical, or geopolitical criteria, or otherwise. The term digital divide was first coined by Lloyd Morrisett, when he was president of the Markle Foundation (Hoffman, et al., 2001). Traditionally considered to be a question of having or not having access, with a global mobile phone penetration of over 95% it is becoming a relative inequality between those who have more and less bandwidth and more or fewer skills.

Where is Sawah Besar station in Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

August 9, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Portrait Photography





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