Shopkeeper Resting In The Narrow Lane

Shopkeeper resting in the lane in Jakarta
Shot at Taman Sari district in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

A little way down the alley, a limp stall owner was resting

I was walking on a relatively wide road that allowed cars to pass. Occasionally, cars and bajajs would pass me. Low-rise houses lined the sides of the road. This was in a commonplace residential area in the Taman Sari district of Jakarta. The buildings along the road were densely packed, sometimes there are gaps between buildings where people can pass.

The narrow alleyway in this photo is such an alley that extended between buildings. There was a stall at the exit of the alley, and the shopkeeper of the stall was resting a little way down the alley. It was hot, no customers were coming in, and she seemed to be lounging a bit on a bench.

Although I became curious about the exhausted shopkeeper, I was attracted by the destination of the lane. A little farther back, there was a motorbike parked there, and it was mind-boggling that I couldn't see beyond it. It looked like it's leading somewhere, and it looked like it's a dead end there. Unless I stepped into the alley, I couldn't tell which was the right way to go.


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

July 1, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography