Tony Davies writes in his short but lucid book Humanism: "But although photographs never lie, that may be only because they never say anything at all. Interpretation is everything; and a little digging can yield another reading."
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Yesterday it was Hari Raya Nyepi, the day of silence marks for Hindus a new beginning. It is also a national holiday in Indonesia. On my walk to the train station of Bandung, I photographed this sleepy parking lot guard. Upon arrival at Gambir train station in Jakarta I spoke to some taxi drivers who were not able to buy any breakfast, because they had not yet had a single ride that morning. Most Indonesians were having a slow start (the non-Hindu Indonesians would later that day crowd the shopping malls). I have no split personality, so I could take only one taxi.
This wall at Jalan Siliwangi was painted by students of the art school of ITB and it was sponsored by the Dutch based multi-national company Akzo Nobel. I was walking uphill when an angkot (i.e. mini van for public transportation) passed by, in the entrance sat two boys singing a song to collect some money. I photographed them when they got off, perhaps they looked to well fed and dressed to be begging, but maybe they wanted some extra pocket money.
KAI is the acronym for Kerata Api Indonesia, i.e. the Indonesian Railways. Near by the train station in Bandung a long wall has been spray painted to promote this state company. KAI between Jakarta and Bandung is having problems since the opening of the toll road between these two cities; travel by car is much faster than by train. However, there is no need to further comment the above text.