Walking along Hayam Wuruk Street in Jakarta, I came to a place lined with street vendors. There were many painters and secondhand dealers. Secondhand dealers had coins and bills on the street, and painters had their works on the wall. In Ubud, Indonesia, I met a lot of people who called themselves painters, and there were many paintings for sale around the city, but it was rare to see so many painters working together in a big city.
The sidewalk was both a gallery and a studio for the painters, and they were working hard on their works next to the sidewalks where their works were laid out for pedestrians to see.
Many of their works were portraits. Some of them depicted ordinary people, while others depicted the faces of famous people that even I could recognize. Portraits, famous or not, seem to be popular here. Instead, there were few works that depicted a mythical world like Bali.
I turned my attention to the pillars where the painters were lined up, and there were paintings here as well. Unlike the works, this one depicted Indonesian manners and customs. Personally, I'm more interested in the portrayals of local manners than the portraits of celebrities.
May 23, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF