Diary of our dream journey to Flores Islands in two Land Rovers, crossing four straits, five islands,spanning 4317 km, using up 519 litres of diesel and too many packets of cigarettes. We did it in 22 days.
I have been dreaming about this trip since 1998 when I bought my first Land Rover. Flores has always fascinated me. Even though it is located in the western part of Indonesia, it has a different natural environment from other regions, with its tropical forest waiting to be discovered. I am always attracted to the breathtaking beauty of nature, bringing me back to my childhood days watching 8mm video of the green, lucid earth. The moment when we stepped into Flores, I felt the connection coming alive again. We were still in the midst of the rainy season, with the rain pouring constantly. The hills were covered with greenery, and it’s quite unbelievable that such an environment still exists in the western part of Indonesia. This is my childhood dream come true.
Gyaista Sampurno (b.1970)
Having work as geologist for most of my life, I am constantly on the move to different corners of the world, far from my family. Taking pictures is my way to ease the distance, an emotional way out, turning time into explicable moments. Personally, the act of documenting serves as mirror, which I can then reflect upon the realities of my life. Together with other friends, I have initiated Bungkus! Bandung Photography Now, which promotes the photo essay format in Bandung, Indonesia, by hosting talks, submission calls and producing e-photozines. I believe through the collection of visual narratives, we are half-way through in understanding who we are.