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The spirit of woman lies in the heart.
It shows in her eyes.
Young and old.
May it never diminish.
Woman who experience a lot in their lives
can just get stronger, more luminous
more caring, more understanding.
May the spirit of woman never die.
For each of us.
Kintamani – A ceremony for life
The festival is Odalan, a celebratory festival which takes place in each of Bali’s ten thousand or more temples each six months, or to be more precise, every 210 days. This festival is taking place in the mountain hamlet of Kintamani, which perches high on the caldera of a still very much active, volcano.
Photographing a ceremony as crowded as this one, is an interesting challenge. People are everywhere – processions, groups, dancers, priests, and their assistants, children and onlookers, all crowd into your lens. I see the challenge is to extract from this unformed canvas, to portray vignettes, to distill, to find the essence, whether it is in a flower, a face or a little cameo scene that is being enacted in the midst of the quiet chaos surrounding…. It is so easy to simply photograph a crowd, to show the abundance of people present, but to extract from that scene to find your own personal vision, takes time.
Jill Gocher is a Bali based international photographer has spent her life exploring and enjoying Asian cultures. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Time, International Herald Tribune, Asia Spa, Discovery, Silver Kris and many more. Her books – Asia’s legendary Hotels, Periplus, Bali- Island of Light -Marshall Cavendish, Indonesia – Islands of the Imagination. Periplus, Australia – the land down under – Times Editions, Singapore, Indonesia – the last paradise – Times Editions. She has held exhibitions in Singapore, Kathmandu, and Bali.