This Week in Photos

Another week, another batch of photos from Sumatra. This will be the last you’ll see here of Indonesia; tomorrow we leave for Singapore to meet up with my mum for two weeks in Burma. 

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A lone tree stands guard at the base of “the mountain”, held in reverence by the locals for its wealth of natural resources.

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Storms over Lake Toba on our final day in northern Sumatra.

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Dua ibu prepare nasi goreng, a staple meal of fried rice and egg.

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Parapat, the town tourism forgot.

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The view out the window of our sixteen-hour Trans-Sumatran bus at breakfast time — 4am.

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First light after a sleepless night.

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Ghosts in headdresses wander the Bukattinggi market.

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Sisters close up shop for the day.

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A twisted carcass of a construction site…

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…and again at sunset.

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Scenes from a city park…

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Dusk over Bukattinggi.

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And the same view during one of the city’s frequent blackouts.

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Will and his new pet. “Plants and bugs in the jungle are usually red for a reason.”

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Twigs of cinnamon trees, their fresh-scraped bark laid off-frame for drying.

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Brown sugar from sugar cane.

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Liquid sugar spills through the pores of the vat and into the pan below.

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(L-R) Will, Steve, Silka, Terry, Rachel. Not that it matters.

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Our overnight homestay in the west Sumatran jungle.

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Tiller takes a break.

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Will sips from a fallen coconut. As you do.

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A water buffalo helps make short work of a farmer’s terraced rice paddocks.

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Monkey in the wild…

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…and a deer behind bars in Bukattinggi’s depressing zoo.

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An elephant’s foot tethered to the end of a six metre chain, pacing back and forth as if trapped in a video game loop. Worse still was the banana-fed black bear, panting and pawing at the walls of its grimy 20’x20′ enclosure as locals pointed and prodded.

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On the bus to Pekanbaru…

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Austin Andrews is a Vancouver-based photojournalist and occasional filmmaker with a penchant for finding the fantastic in the everyday. Contact him at austin [at] disposablewords [dot] net

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