4317km – No Reservation (2013) / Gyaista Sampurno

4317km – No Reservation (2013)
Gyaista Sampurno

 

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.

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Flooded river, Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia
Flooded river, Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia
Bali Strait Crossing from Ketapang (East Java) to Gilimanuk (Bali)
Bali Strait
Crossing from Ketapang (East Java) to Gilimanuk (Bali)
Madurese restaurant, Sumbawa Besar, West Nusa Tenggara
Madurese restaurant, Sumbawa Besar, West Nusa Tenggara
Madurese restaurant, Sumbawa Besar, West Nusa Tenggara
Madurese restaurant, Sumbawa Besar, West Nusa Tenggara
Dompu, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Dompu, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Dompu, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Dompu, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Labuan Bajo, Flores
Labuan Bajo, Flores
Reo, Flores We decided to wait for Ucuy and the gang at Flores, so we had an extra day to play with. On this rainy morning we made a trip from Reo to Riung. The distance is about 150 km long, with a 50-km off-road track, which we enjoyed. Jojo was so happy that he didn't sleep at all.
Reo, Flores
We decided to wait for Ucuy and the gang at Flores, so we had an extra day to play with. On this rainy morning we made a trip from Reo to Riung. The distance is about 150 km long, with a 50-km off-road track, which we enjoyed. Jojo was so happy that he didn’t sleep at all.
Reo, Flores
Reo, Flores
On the road between Reo and Riung, photographed by Jojo
On the road between Reo and Riung, photographed by Jojo
Riung, Flores The horses at Flores are much bigger compared to those at Sumbawa (West Nusa Tenggara). They are often found roaming freely on the hills.
Riung, Flores
The horses at Flores are much bigger compared to those at Sumbawa (West Nusa Tenggara). They are often found roaming freely on the hills.
Pota, Flores
Pota, Flores
Moni, Flores Shit happens. On that lovely afternoon, we passed by a motorcyclist who fell into a ditch. Luckily, he didn't suffer any serious injuries.
Moni, Flores
Shit happens. On that lovely afternoon, we passed by a motorcyclist who fell into a ditch. Luckily, he didn’t suffer any serious injuries.
Wolowaru, Flores We went to the Wolowaru weekly market, 10 km south of Moni. This roving market takes place at different cities, depending on the day of the week.
Wolowaru, Flores
We went to the Wolowaru weekly market, 10 km south of Moni. This roving market takes place at different cities, depending on the day of the week.
Bena, Flores Bena is one of the many traditional villages in Flores. Christianity was brought to Flores during the Portuguese and Dutch colonisation, which started in the 15th Century.
Bena, Flores
Bena is one of the many traditional villages in Flores. Christianity was brought to Flores during the Portuguese and Dutch colonisation, which started in the 15th Century.
Bena, Flores Bena is one of the many traditional villages in Flores. Christianity was brought to Flores during the Portuguese and Dutch colonisation, which started in the 15th Century. When we visited Bena, there was a Reba ceremony--an event to express gratitude to God for health and wealth, held throughout the year, especially around the time of Christmas and New Year.
Bena, Flores
Bena is one of the many traditional villages in Flores. Christianity was brought to Flores during the Portuguese and Dutch colonisation, which started in the 15th Century. When we visited Bena, there was a Reba ceremony–an event to express gratitude to God for health and wealth, held throughout the year, especially around the time of Christmas and New Year.
End of the trip, Kelimutu, Flores
End of the trip, Kelimutu, Flores
Sumbawa Besar, on the way to Lombok Island
Sumbawa Besar, on the way to Lombok Island
Lombok Strait Clouds welcomed us at Bali. Hopefully, 2004 will bring prosperity.
Lombok Strait
Clouds welcomed us at Bali. Hopefully, 2014 will bring prosperity.

 

Bio

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.

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