Photography: Bali on the Move

Bali life as seen from the side window of a cab.

As you might know, Ricarda and I are true walkers. We simply love going by foot, so even in Bali, we thought “yeah, let’s walk” but as soon as we had tried it once, we were finished with that idea, as Bali is not an island made to walk the roads. The streets are packed with traffic and there are no sidewalks for pedestrians anywhere! It’s simply too dangerous to walk on this island!

We had found an alternative to walking very quickly, though: taking cabs. And that was a good decision, also, because the distances between places in Bali are a lot further than we’d originally thought. Furthermore, the cabs in Bali are usually very modern, clean and naturally, air-conditioned. And our drivers always had a nice story or anecdote on their tongue, which made the rides especially enjoyable.

Since life in Bali mainly happens out on the streets, that is also where you mainly notice how Balinese people actually live. My photographs may give you a glimpse of how that kind of everyday-life does look like.

Unbelievable amounts of buses, cars, trucks and mainly motorbikes are fighting their way through the most horrible kind of traffic on this island. And those motorbikes and their drivers are totally mental! They apparently also love to add the craziest modifications to their two-wheeled rides, e.g. for surfboards or to take their whole family along on one single motorbike!

But as everyone in Bali does drive motorbike, even tons of tourists, I’d initially thought about renting and driving one as well. But since everyone is driving on the “wrong” side there (on the left side of course, which is weird for a German driver), I wasn’t so sure anymore and as I didn’t quite understand the Balinese traffic rules, either, I was happy that we’d decided against the motorbike. And anyway, with the cabs, we could reach the most beautiful spots on the island safe and sound, have nice chats with the drivers and take some nice pictures as well.

Photography: Max Bechmann




10 Comments on Photography: Bali on the Move

  1. L♥ebe was ist
    Monday June 25th, 2018 at 11:48 AM (2 years ago)

    das sind wirklich tolle Eindrücke lieber Max! die Perspektiven sind auch mal was anderes, abseits von den meisten Urlaubserinnerungen ;)

    generell erinnern mich diese Szenen auch sehr an meine Zeit in Kathmandu und Goa – da spielt sich auch alles auf den Straßen ab :)

    liebste Grüße auch,
    ❤ Tina von
    Liebe was ist auf Instagram

  2. Shadownlight
    Monday June 25th, 2018 at 01:50 PM (2 years ago)

    Die Bilder sind wundervolle Impressionen!
    Liebe Grüße!

    • Max Bechmann
      Monday June 25th, 2018 at 10:28 PM (2 years ago)

      Danke schön! Sehr lieb von dir :*
      Liebe Grüße Max

  3. Milli
    Tuesday June 26th, 2018 at 08:13 AM (2 years ago)

    Wow! Die Bilder sind einfach wunderbar. Sie zeigen nicht nur das Touristische Bali, sondern auch das “normale”. Der Teil, der für die meisten von uns Dank tausender Bilder vom schönen blauen Wasser verborgen bleibt. Mir gefällt aber auch das letzte Bild richtig gut :-)

    Liebe Grüße, Milli

  4. Maren
    Tuesday June 26th, 2018 at 08:23 PM (2 years ago)

    Tolle Bilder, die einein faszinierender Einblick in das Leben in Bali geben.

    Liebe Grüße, Maren

  5. Sarah
    Wednesday June 27th, 2018 at 07:10 AM (2 years ago)

    Wow! Deine Bilder sind wunderschön! Mit welchem Programm hast du sie bearbeitet? Mir gefällt schwarz – weiß eh 1000x besser… das macht die Bilder irgendwie so echt :)
    Auf Bali war ich übrigens auch schon mal und fand es wunderbar :)

    Liebste Grüße,

    • Max
      Saturday June 30th, 2018 at 08:35 AM (2 years ago)

      Hey Sarah, vielen Dank für die Blumen ;)
      Ich benutze für Streetart/Citylife etc Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Gutes Tool zur Bildkorrektur und Stapelverarbeitung. Check it out, it’s not expensive. Liebe Grüße Max

  6. Marie
    Sunday July 1st, 2018 at 09:04 AM (2 years ago)

    Auf Bali war ich noch nie, aber ich habe schon so viel Schönes gehört. Deine Bilder sind fantastische Impressionen. Sie zeigen das Bali mal nicht von den typischen Katalog-Bildern. Einfach toll und in Schwarz-weiß haben sie noch mehr Ausdruck. Ganz liebe Grüße Marie

  7. Andrea
    Thursday July 5th, 2018 at 10:52 AM (2 years ago)

    Oh was für ein toller Beitrag mit schönen Fotografien! Ich hab jetzt richtig Fernweh bekommen.

  8. Saskia Katharina Most
    Thursday July 12th, 2018 at 11:03 AM (2 years ago)

    Die Fotos sind richtig toll geworden! Vielen lieben Dank für die ganzen Eindrücke. Wirklich schöne Erinnerungen hast du da gemacht.

    Liebe Grüße,
    Saskia Katharina