David Metcalf

David Metcalf is based in Bali and welcomes you to visit his photo gallery — Taksu on Monkey Forest Road, Ubud. He provides half and full day photography tours in the Ubud area and longer 7-14 day workshops to Myanmar, Java, Borneo, US, Japan, Vietnam and other destinations. David’s photos appear in three books on Indonesia. More info can be found about his books and tours on his website www.davidmetcalfphotography.com

A MAN AND HIS FOREST I spend a lot of time in Kalimantan and nothing gives me more satisfaction than hanging out with my Dayak friends in the original forests.

Viewpoints: Indonesia in Pictures

Bali-based photographer David Metcalf captures the magic and wonder of Indonesia while traveling across Kalimantan, Java and Bali.     I took this photo much...

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Tana Olen, the Forbidden Forest

“We call this place Tana Olen,” Philius, the Dayak elder explained. “In Kenyah Dayak language this means forbidden forest – forbidden to destroy.” The locals...

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Bilang Boy of the River

11-year-old Bilang has a very old soul. He lives in a small, somewhat remote village on the edge of a pristine forest in North Kalimantan, not so far from the Malaysian...

Tirta Empal

Bali: A Photographer’s Dream

Photographs of Bali are iconic to eyes all around the world, ranging from stunning, terraced padi fields, beaches and surfing, to ancient temples. Here are some...

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Sutiah the Tengger Farmer

Sutiah is a real mountain woman. She lives in a small village high up on the edge of the Tengger massif, a spectacular area including Mount Bromo and five other...

Pak Al

Pak Al Fauzi

Pak Al Fauzi is a very proud man, who lives on a small island off the coast of West Kalimantan called Karimata. Pak Al has a plan, which he revealed to me sitting in...

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Herman the Baduy Porter

I met Herman on a recent trip to the Kendang Mountains in the province of Banten, 167 km from Jakarta. Herman is a Baduy Dalam tribesman, who adheres to a traditional...

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Pilius, the Dayak Kenyah Elder

Pilius was born in paradise, in a place called Long Saan, deep in the heart of North Borneo. I interviewed Pilius recently in Setulang, the village where he has lived...

Isen Mulang - photo by David Metcalf

Isen Mulang – A Cultural Extravaganza

A very special event occurs in Central Borneo on May the 18th each year. Thousands of Dayaks converge on the small city of Palangkaraya to join together in a spirit of...

Rut Dini

Rut Dini: the River Guardian

Dini is a passionate defender of the rivers of Borneo, which is not surprising, as her memories of growing up in a small village on the Kahayan River in Central...

Ferzya Farhan

Ferzya from Aceh

Whenever I meet someone on my travels around Indonesia like Ferzya, I am filled with great hope for the future of this country. This bright, young lady was born in Banda...

Aini Abdul - photo by David Metcalf

Aini Abdul – The Sailor’s Daughter

Aini Abdul was born in a small village in Southwest Kalimantan to a Dayak Iban father and a Javanese mother. Nothing particularly unusual about that in this part of the...

Linda

Linda the Tsunami Survivor

Linda’s story is somewhat of a reflection of Aceh itself, sad but uplifting. Her life was changed forever a little less than ten years ago, when on December 26th 2004...

Siti the Dayak Dancer

Siti the Dayak Dancer

Siti is an extraordinarily beautiful and determined young woman. Her story is one of courage and determination and a desire to represent her culture through the spirit...