August 2016: Katy & I returned to a wintry Oamaru after two months in Asia.
This year we ventured to Sumatra, for the first time, and came home with some exceptional small pieces.
We based ourselves in Padang, West Sumatra which is noted for it’s varied & delicious cuisine. Masakan Padang (Padang Cuisine) are the favoured eateries across the Indonesian archipelago. The classic dish is Beef Rendang.
Padang is a predominantly Muslim city, the people incredibly friendly. We loved it. The city has one of the oldest Chinatowns in Indonesia. Now, largely dilapidated, it is a photographer’s dream.
Apart from being at home in Bali our other foray was to Penang off the coast of northern Malaysia. Penang was strategically important to the British to control the Malacca Straits. Being from Oamaru, with it’s glorious Italian Renaissance architecture, we were keen to stay in Georgetown, the capital, as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also noted as having the best street food on the planet. The architecture is astonishing. The volume of original buildings is just breathtaking. It is literally stuffed full of vitality & colour.
Ibu on creche duties over a Steam Punk weekend in Oamaru. Particularly cute family in their finery.
Why Bali airport has closed regularly this year. This photo of motorcyclists in Banguwangi, covered in ash, from erupting Mt Raung, East Java.
Katy designed a coat of arms for the Smith family of Riverstone & then created a large window for the Riverstone Castle. Executed with the able assistance of Dermot Kelly. The window is installed in the south face of the castle.
Roadside display of old tin trunks in Jogjakarta.
Rice terrace view close to the market town of Culik near our home in Amed, Bali.
Traction engine passing Oasis Oamaru.
I loved the colour of these two Fo dogs placed on an entrance table in the gorgeous East India Mansion in Georgetown Penang.
Katy sitting in the centre of the family temple in the Peranakan Mansion, Georgetown, Penang. Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Yet another flight. About to board a Lion Air flight to Sumatra. Soekarno-Hatta airport. Jakarta.
Our favourite Bali restaurant, The Grill.
The new Len Lye wing of the Govett Brewster gallery in New Plymouth. As spectacular inside as it is outside.