“Bali – You make my heart smile”, Unknown.
Bali is a living culture. It is one of the most vibrant and colourful cultures on earth. The Balinese live their culture and religion every single day from simple daily offerings placed on the street to elaborate rites and rituals at their local temple. The nice thing is, they are very inclusive and open to sharing their culture with you, the visitor and are indeed, humbled when you take an interest.
For those of us with a passion for photography and capturing the soul and spirit of this ancient culture, the temple ceremonies are a window into this world. Our team of professional photographers are ready to give you an experience you will never forget. Temple birthday ceremonies, called Odelan, happen every 210 days according to the Balinese calendar. They are incredibly ornate and colourful events to witness. You can catch one of these often, around the Ubud area, but knowing when they are and where is quite an art form!
Each month we mark the calendarwith upcoming special ceremonies, and we will take you out on these days. Our professional photography teachers will help you capture some beautiful images and teach you the skills needed to take advantage of the light and tips on portrait photography. Part of photographing in a temple involves some specific etiquette and displaying a respectful way, which we guide you with, so as not to cause offense. We take this very seriously and have built long term relationship with many of the Mangku’s and Priests and Temple Devotees.
We can provide transport (at an extra cost) from areas outside of Ubud if you require.
If you are not a photographer but wish to come along for the cultural experience (with your photography partner) you are most welcome. Price for this is USD 110
We support a cultural dance and preservation programs in Bali and Borneo and donate 10% to Spirit of the Hornbill, Ransel Buku and The Pejeng Village Dance Fund.
Please see the photos below to get a taste of what you will see at temple ceremonies.