Portraits From The Gili Islands

Photos by Bar Am-David

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The Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands ó Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia.
I would like to note that my inspiration from this island will push me to do more documentary projects in different Islands in Indonesia in the near future.
I had the opportunity to experience the outstanding natural beauty and to taste special delicacies from the indigenous cuisine.

Most local inhabitants live on Trawangan in a township stretching along its east side just inland (which is also where most recent development is taking place).
Automobiles and motorised traffic is prohibited on the islands by local audience,
so the preferred method of transportation is by foot and bicycle or the horse-drawn carriage called a cidomo.
Due to their close proximity to the Equator, the Islands have a warm, tropical climate with a dry and wet season. With Mount Rinjani to the immediate east on Lombok,
and Mount Agung to the west on Bali, The Gilis are somewhat sheltered and actually enjoy a slightly drier Microclimate when compared to the surrounding archipelago.
Gili Trawangan is the largest of Lombok’s Gili Islands and the only one to rise significantly (60 m) above sea level.
Measuring 3 km long and 2 km wide, it has a population of around 1500 inhabitants.
Although the tourism on the Island is developing rapidly in the last few years, the natives manage to preserve their unique cultures.
Furthermore, the local tradition still creates an outstanding sub-culture for people researching the remote way of living.

BIOGRAPHY

Bar Am-David is a London/Tel Aviv based photographer, and has completed BA & MA (Honors) in Photography at Middlesex University, UK.
He has exhibited internationally in Malaysia, Singapore and various locations around London and the UK. His photographs have been featured on numerous publications and websites
such as Vogue Italia, Foto8, Private magazine, Posi+tive Magazine, Digital Journal of Photography, Londonist, F8 Daily, The Photo Brigade, The Arts Desk, D&AD and more.
He has exhibited in several group exhibitions in selected galleries throughout Europe and Asia. The highlight of his career was to exhibit in several museums such as the National Portrait Gallery in London as a part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and also at the Sunderland Museum, UK.

He has also participated as one of the 20 finalists in Photo LA 2013: The 22nd Los Angeles International Photography Art Exposition which took place in Santa Monica, California, USA.

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