Two Men Standing Talking In The Lane

Two men standing talking in the residential area in Jakarta
Shot at Glodok district in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

Two men were in the lane in the residential area and stood talking

I was walking down an alley of Jakarta where the locals were lounging around. I walked along, thinking that all of them were children and women. I thought all the grown men were probably working somewhere. However, I found two lazy men hanging out in the lane during walking. These were the two men in this photo.

They were standing in a corner of an alleyway where children were screaming and laughing. The older man was wearing some kind of uniform with epaulets. He was probably working as a security guard somewhere. The younger man, on the other hand, was dressed in a top and bottom jersey, not looking like he was going to work somewhere.

The older man was laughing and talking to the younger man about something. Maybe he was saying something like, 'It is about time you got a real job'. The man being spoken to looked a bit confused. Certainly, he just wished he would leave him alone when he said that to his neighbor. Watching them, I thought such a strong neighborhood association still exists in Jakarta's dense residential areas.


About Glodok

Glodok is an urban village of Taman Sari, West Jakarta, Indonesia. The area is also known as Pecinan or Chinatown since the Dutch colonial era, and is considered the biggest in Indonesia. Majority of the traders and residents of Glodok are Chinese descent. The area dates back to colonial times when in November 1740, Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) designated Glodok as a residential area for ethnic Chinese. Administratively, the area is a kelurahan under the Taman Sari subdistrict, West Jakarta. Glodok is notable as one of biggest trading centers for electronic goods in Jakarta.

Where is Glodok district in Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

June 27, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography