Under The Banyan Tree


Under The Banyan Tree

by IGP Wiryawan Tohjiwa


Focal Length: 59mm
 1/400 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200

This photo is very memorable for me because has been chosen for exhibition in Bali. The picture tells the story of the traditional market called “Tenten Market” (Banyan) in Embet Ground at Batulayar Village, West Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia. To get to the location can be reached by plane about 30-45 minutes or by ship about 4 hours from Bali Island. The Lombok Island is one of famous tourist destination in Indonesia.

This traditional market is not just a market as usual. This market is under A Banyan Tree, right at the fork in the road.  Usually, the market starts at 7 am and close at around 10-11 am. There are not many sellers and they sell daily necessities such as vegetables and fish. This market is visited by residents of mountain villages because the distance is closer than the central market, although they sell at the same price.

As a photographer who likes “Human Interest” photography, all the moments of people interaction in the market always attracted my attention. At that time, I’m leaving in the morning to the market which is just 10 minutes from my house. I did not have to wait long, interaction of sellers and buyers are already visible. People interacting with background The Banyan Tree and the rays of morning light, perfect moment in my eyes.

The picture was taken using camera Sony, f/2.8, 1/400 sec exposure, ISO 200, fl 50mm and basic processing in Adobe Photoshop Cs 3 without any digital manipulation.

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