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Ren Hang

... it's a very sad day.
One of the most progressive contemporary photographers has passed away.

Ren Hang dies at the age of 29
Hang died in Berlin on February 24th.
Belgian gallerist Dries Roelens – who runs Stieglitz19 gallery, where Ren’s work is now being exhibited – also appeared to confirm the news.
“Ren Hang, RIP, poet, photographer, magician...You were the best, the most magical.”


Dutch publication De Morgen has since alleged that the photographer killed himself, claiming that the reports had been confirmed by the photographer’s “entourage sources.” 




















Road Trip to Balila Beach Resort


... it was supposed to be one of the nicest and most adventurous weekends i had in Bali so far when my friend Nina and i decided to take our motorbikes all the way from Canggu to Amed in the north of Bali.


We planned the whole trip about two weeks before she arrived in Bali and after talking to jewellery designer and close friend Kyoung about it  - she also decided to join.




We started our trip at 7:30 am and took of after filling up with Bensin (this is how you spell it in Indonesia).
The entire trip was one big adventure, starting at VIRGIN BEACH (as a tip: come early like we did because from 12 on the tourists start pooring in in their horrible khaki shorts and straw hats!) all the way up to LES to a hidden waterfall and ended with loosing Nina in traffic in Denpasar on the way back ;)


here are the pictures of our beautiful trip.

on we went and stopped at the so called VIRGIN BEACH!
beautiful Waters and coral reefs as well!
But be sure to be there early because as of 12pm the tourists come down and the whole beach gets a weird vibe i felt.
Also parking is 10K per person and thats actually not cheap even compared to Seminyak or Legian.









A temple i had visited before - actually it is an uphill walk to in total seven temples :)
And by taking a wrong turn on the way there we ended up driving all the way to the middle temple.
The road up there was BEAUTIFUL and yet very frightening and dangerous to.
We had to stop several times and re-concentrate until we got to the temple 1300 meters above sea level.

As we started we met this great couple who where nice enough to take us ALL THE WAY up to the last temple (about another 1,5 hour walk).
Pure Magic is how i would describe the feeling i had while we walked through the ancient jungle and screaming monkey listening to the stories our "guide" was telling us about times way before ours.

(ps: kyoung is not on this picture because someone has to start working out more in order to walk 3000 steps uphill ;) LOL )





Praying for a change in this world.



arriving on the top of the mountain!
Pura Lempuyang - we did it!







Located just before the village KUBU this vegan and eco friendly resort is lead by austrian architect Birgit and her lovely family.

When i first visited the resort about one year ago i fell in love with the concept and the location.
The Bay its in is basically still 100% local.
Small families built their houses along the beach and use fishing as their source of income.
A small shrimp farm and typical for that area of Bali also a salt plantation is the scenery of the coast line.




Behind the beautiful resort the great mountain AGUNG (the biggest Mountain/Vulcano in Bali) looks down on us.
A Haven for people who seek total relaxation, Yoga, Eco awareness and the friendliest most familiar staff on the island.





earrings by A-Comment




 


earring by A-Comment



Photos by: Balila Beach Resort

find the contact for Balila Beach Resort HERE:

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 We also met up with Ninas friend Samir and Tiffi to drive yet another hour north to discover the Waterfall in LES.
What we did not know was that due to the havy rainfall this season the path was almost competely washed away and we had to climp through the jungle and up rocky hills in order to reach the waterfall.
But OMG was it worth it! The beautiful nature and the energy at the place in nothing i can put in words.





Along the left side you can already see a bit of the effect the flood had.










here you can see that half of the path dropped into the river.

we were also warned by the people there that we should be cautious and turn back if we notice that the water in the river is rising.
(which of course made it even more interesting for us 

#stupidwhitepeople)


MB

The Last Days ...


how did you spent your year? What would do do differently? If you could, what would you change?
2016 was a year so different from any year i have experienced in my short Life.

You could say that that is the case with any year we go through and i guess you are right but it still is the way i feel about it. 
One year ago i decided to pack my things and move to the Island of Bali because i needed a break from the european system and the overall mood of this continent. 

I needed a change. 
I had to refocus and find out (and this is not meant in any esoteric way) who i really am. And you know what? I still don't know! 

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! What i do know is that i learned a lot about my self and how i used to handle situations and how i handle them now.
I learn to see that there is ALWAYS another way and to not freak out about small things (I used to be really good at that).




And even if i still somehow enjoy my dramas i came to know to discern which ones are necessary and which ones are not (yes drama sometimes is necessary in my life).
Asia teaches you to "go with the flow" to take things as they come and to let go of the control-freakishness that western culture teaches us. This will get done with or without you working yourself up about it.
Thats why my favorite word in Bahasa Indonesia is "Sabar" which means "Chill down" or "Patients" 
 
So beginning of October i flew back to Austria because this would have been my return flight so i took it to clear things with my apartment. I planned out to stay maximum two months but well... yeah at the moment i am chillin in my friends apartment in vienna with a towel wrapped around my hair - so yes i am still here! But only few more days and i hop onto a plane and im gone again.
Im listening to a 90s playlist and thinking about all the great blessings this year has provided for me. In many aspects this year sucked for a lot of people - i for one have a lot of love for the people around me in Vienna and in Bali. Without them things would be very very hard for me and i am grateful for all of them!


With my business picking up and exciting new things coming once i get back to the island of the gods i can only be in awe of how things developed so miraculously and smooth.



So i guess what i want to say with this post is to think about the positive and the intimate moments you had this year with your friends - friends are the most important thing in your life because they are here to catch you when no one else does.


MB

All Eyes On ... Alexander Tinei













Alexander Tinei was born in 1976 in Moldova where he studied fine arts in 1991.

Since 2014 Tinei shows his work in various solo and group exhibitions such as the Saatchi Gallery in London, Gallery Specta in Copenhagen or Ana Cristea Gallery in New York.

Tinei lives and works in Budapest / Hungary

Follow his tumblr to see more of his work.
click HERE



MB
 

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