My time in South Bali wasn’t fantastic by any stretch of the imagination. I chose Bali for a number of reasons which seemed completely relevant in my head at the time, but now seem silly. Basically, I chose the Kuta area for the simple reason that I wanted to plop down somewhere and work for a month. I wanted to be somewhere with good internet, a location near some attractions, and a place close enough to little escapes like Ubud, Tanah Lot, and Uluwatu, In hindsight, choosing Bali wasn’t the mistake. Choosing to be in the Kuta area was.
Basically, I over-paid to stay a month in the heart of a part of the island I didn’t even like. The beach was a mess, traffic was always stuck, and there was little reprieve from the tourism side of things. Though my apartment here in Bali was a nice place, I really should have opted to base somewhere off in Uluwatu or even across the island in North Bali.
Still, despite my mistakes, I did manage to get out and shoot some images while I was here.
Rather than write a bunch of articles about Bali, I’m just going to post two photo essays. The articles will be split into South and North Bali, this is the southern section of the island.
Uluwatu was my first travel destination in Bali. I liked it, but coming directly from the cold in Europe I really was too hot the whole time to properly enjoy it. Still the photos of Uluwatu came out surprisingly well.
Another one of the temple day-trips from Kuta, Tanah Lot is a little bit over-rated. However, the landscapes and scenery around Tanah Lot is really impressive. I wish this place wasn’t so much of a tourist trap, but hey, it’s still pretty cool.
After spending a day taking pictures in Ubud, I really regretted not staying up here instead of Kuta. The tease of a nearby beach was too much to go against, however. The Ubud area is very photogenic, as you’ll see.
Kuta and Seminyak
Obviously my least favourite place to photography in the south of Bali. But that isn’t really a result of my attitude as it is the fact that flat beaches with no big landmarks behind them don’t often make for great photos.
Stay tuned for my photos from North Bali which will be published in the next couple of weeks.