Journeys with the caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores and Sumba, Indonesia



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“The crowd lined up along the street, shoulder to shoulder, back to front. Fathers held up their boys over their shoulders. The older children climbed up the trees to have a better view. The pressure of the crowd was building behind me. On the other side, an opening formed in the crowd and about fifteen men assembled around the buffalo tied at the very end. The sacrifices were about to begin. We were in the remote island of Sumba, Indonesia, invited to witness the funeral rites for a hundred year old woman.” Journeys with the caterpillar, is a humble and humorous attempt to capture the dramatic simplicity of Nusa Tenggara Timur(NTT) in Indonesia, covering the islands of Flores, Komodo, Rinca and Sumba. The photographs from the book have been selected for Solo Exhibition at the National Library and the Arts House, Singapore. All royalties from this book will be donated to Ayo Indonesia and Yayasan Harapan Sumba (YHS), two NGOs doing wonderful work in Flores and Sumba respectively.

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