- photographed by available light

A self-portrait. Photography by available light is always special. I've never owned a flash, but imagine what its harsh flat light would have done to this scene.

My Sudanese friend, Chandra, invited me to his home in Bandung, Java, for this splendid meal. The electricity was off that evening, in fact I seem to recall that odd and even numbered houses took turns in sharing power every alternate night. But no matter, all the dishes not only looked great by candle light, but tasted even better. The trouble they had gone to was overwhelming.

Electricity was a precious commodity in Indonesia during the 70's. It took a long time to arrive at the smaller towns and villages. When it came, it dramatically changed the rhythm of people's lives. Chandra was a tailor.

A picture by kerosene lamp?

or an Indonesian recipe
© david.atkinson@rmit.edu.au
created 30 november 1998