Interview by Eve Tedja
Sometimes it’s not about the destination but the journey to reach it. Putu Sayoga apparently agrees with this saying and does as told. As a documentary photographer, Sayoga can often be found exploring the far corner of Bali with his camera. The Tabanan born photographer is currently working on a project of documenting the effect of tourism in the south coast of Bali. His works can be found in national and international publications, covering various theme and issues. And for the search of inspirations or insights, he throws himself in wander, traveling to secluded spots as he fills us in:
To begin his day-off, he decided to pass Sanur for breakfast at Warung Men Weti (Jalan Pantai Segara, Sanur). This place offers a super yummy Nasi Campur Ayam (rice with chicken slices). He really loves the ambience of Sanur itself since it has plenty of trees, clean beaches and no too many tourists roaming the streets. Alternatively, he would have a late breakfast of fresh fish soup and fried fish in Mak Beng (Jalan Hang Tuah No.45, Sanur).
Coffee is his next stop. He prefers The Alleyway Cafe (Jalan Merdeka No. 10, Denpasar, T: +62 899 2816 395) where good coffee, hospitable staff and a nice corner to work are available at his convenience. There are a refreshing amount of new eateries and cafes popping up on this street that often catch his attention too.
photo courtesy of katamama
Heading to Tabanan, he directs himself to Jatiluwih rice field around Tabanan area, to unwind and admire the view. It is not too crowded and its terraced green rice field is beautiful to capture especially in the morning. Sometimes he makes conversation with the farmers and even purchases the high-in-demand good quality red rice directly from them.
Keeping his track to Ubud, he looks for further area from the city centre, around Jalan Sriwedari to be exact. Watching those farmers walk from the field to home is something interesting bit for him. He thinks that despite being cornered by tourists from all corners of the globe, Ubud still keep some part of itself intact. And as usual,before leaving Ubud he makes sure to stop by for another cup of good coffee at Seniman Coffee Studio (Jalan Sriwedari No.5 Ubud, T: +62 361 972085).
When the time suffices, he also loves to explore Singaraja. The old capital of Bali has plenty of old colonial buildings and the town is small enough to be explored on foot, he suggests, as well as the palace to see the personal belongings that once was owned by the famous Balinese writer, AA Panji Tisna.