Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
In a split second I saw that they were going to disagree on something. I couldn’t hear what topic they were talking about – perhaps just some flower – but I was lucky enough to take the photo on the right moment. On the left is Donny Danardono, one of the participants in my philosophy workshop on an art of living and a lecturer at Soegijapranata Catholic University (the university is named after the first Indonesian arch bishop in colonial times), and on the right is Tubagus P. Svarajati, the owner of gallery Rumah Seni Yaitu (previously he was a pig farmer). (In the bottom picture Donny is on the left as well.)
This is Yanti, 37 of age. She became a widow two years ago. It is was then when she had to move to Semarang, her presence in her village was no longer appreciated. So much for sympathy for the departed and grieving. The other women in the village were anxious to see Yanti leave, because they were afraid she would steal one of their husbands. Now she works 15 hours a day in a warung (food stall) nearby the gallery (so I chat with her so now and then, and she talks a lot), her husband’s pension is only 250.000 Rupiah per month.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
This is Jalan Warung, i.e. Food Stall Street, in Semarang's China Town. In the weekends this street is closed off for traffic and is opened for food and karaoke lovers. Up to the seventies the buildings in this street had traditional Chinese fronts. The government issued a decree that traditional building fronts were no longer allowed, because modernization ought to be the goal. And the Chinese were afraid for repurcussions.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
As in other Indonesian cities many old buildings are abandoned in Semarang. Many Indonesians are convinced that these old buildings are haunted. But sometimes this superstition gets a political twist: in Semarang a Novotel hotel is built on a spot where a kampung was located, so the people had to be evicted and as a punishment the people of Semarang are sure that this hotel got haunted by ghosts.