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Where's Paradise? Episode 1: Nusa Lembongan

Published July 10th, 2012

For most people in the western world, the word paradise conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves (check out an image web search for paradise and take a look at the results if you don't trust this assumption). But what’s it really like for the people living in the places we envision as paradise?



Where’s Paradise? is a series that puts these two notions side by side, the mostly undefined vision of paradise that we have when looking at images of small untouched tropical islands, surrounded by calm azure seas and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places.



Episode 1 - Nusa Lembongan



Bali is a lot of people’s idea of a perfect tropical island, great landscapes, magnificent beaches, lush jungles, an intricate and truly exotic culture with a unique belief system and an elaborate set of rituals. The first lines in a Lonely Planet article on Bali’s top 25 experiences reads: The mere mention of ‘Bali‘ evokes thoughts of a paradise. It’s more than a place: it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind.



However at 5632 km2 (2175 sq. mi) and a population of almost 4 million, Bali is a bit too crowded and large to match that postcard perfect image of an isolated tropical paradise, and this without even taking into account the large number of expats that have settled there and altered Bali’s character in the last decades.



Nusa Lembongan, a small island of 8 km2 (3 sq. mi) and approximately 7000 inhabitants, about 20 km southeast of Bali, seems however to better fit the description of a small paradise island. Its inhabitants are ethnic balinese, thus it retains the allure of an elaborate exotic culture. Its shores are graced with impeccable white beaches and countless coconut trees, it features pristine coral reefs that host an incredible array of marine animals and it even has its very own mangrove forrest.



All these elements made it the perfect starting point in our exploration, to better understand why we associate the images of tropical islands with the notion of paradise and what’s it really like for the people living on one of these paradises.



The photos are part of the first episode of the Where’s Paradise?



The first episode also features a documentary film viewable on Vimeo.com/freemindflow/lowtide.



If you like our project and have an iPad (or a friend with an iPad), the first episode also has a dedicated app, which besides the film and photos (viewable offline) also features more of our thoughts and observations of the places and people of Nusa Lembongan and a detailed, beautifully hand-drawn, interactive map. The app is available for download on the App Store http://goo.gl/1NPLT.



To find out more about the project visit our website www.newmindflow.com

Jungutbatu Afternoon

A calm afternoon on the touristic side of Jungutbatu. The farming shacks on this side have moved behind the hotels, restaurants and guest houses.

This photo is part of the first episode of the Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km SE of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places.

The first episode also features a documentary film viewable on Vimeo.com/freemindflow/lowtide

If you like our project and have an iPad (or a friend with an iPad), the first episode also has a dedicated app, which besides the film and photos (viewable offline) also features more of our thoughts and observations of the places and people of Nusa Lembongan and a detailed, beautifully hand-drawn, interactive map. The app is available for download on the App Store http://goo.gl/1NPLT.

To find out more about the project visit our website www.newmindflow.com

Nusa Lembongan Panorama

View of the island’s northwestern coastline, Jungutbatu village and the island of Bali in the distance. Seaweed lots are visible as dark rectangles in the water.

This photo is part of the first episode of the Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km SE of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places.

The first episode also features a documentary film viewable on Vimeo.com/freemindflow/lowtide

If you like our project and have an iPad (or a friend with an iPad), the first episode also has a dedicated app, which besides the film and photos (viewable offline) also features more of our thoughts and observations of the places and people of Nusa Lembongan and a detailed, beautifully hand-drawn, interactive map. The app is available for download on the App Store http://goo.gl/1NPLT.

To find out more about the project visit our website www.newmindflow.com

Early Morning Postcard

Early morning postcard.

This photo is part of the first episode of the Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km SE of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places.

The first episode also features a documentary film viewable on Vimeo.com/freemindflow/lowtide

If you like our project and have an iPad (or a friend with an iPad), the first episode also has a dedicated app, which besides the film and photos (viewable offline) also features more of our thoughts and observations of the places and people of Nusa Lembongan and a detailed, beautifully hand-drawn, interactive map. The app is available for download on the App Store http://goo.gl/1NPLT.

To find out more about the project visit our website www.newmindflow.com

Seaweed Harvest at Low Tide

Seaweed farming may be hard work, but at least it comes with a view.

This photo is part of the first episode of the Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km SE of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places.

The first episode also features a documentary film viewable on Vimeo.com/freemindflow/lowtide

If you like our project and have an iPad (or a friend with an iPad), the first episode also has a dedicated app, which besides the film and photos (viewable offline) also features more of our thoughts and observations of the places and people of Nusa Lembongan and a detailed, beautifully hand-drawn, interactive map. The app is available for download on the App Store http://goo.gl/1NPLT.

To find out more about the project visit our website www.newmindflow.com

Curious Children

Local children can be very intrigued and curious about the foreign people visiting their village and all the strange gear they carry.

This photo is part of the first episode of the Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km SE of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places.

The first episode also features a documentary film viewable on Vimeo.com/freemindflow/lowtide

If you like our project and have an iPad (or a friend with an iPad), the first episode also has a dedicated app, which besides the film and photos (viewable offline) also features more of our thoughts and observations of the places and people of Nusa Lembongan and a detailed, beautifully hand-drawn, interactive map. The app is available for download on the App Store http://goo.gl/1NPLT.

To find out more about the project visit our website www.newmindflow.com

Colorful Beatles

The fruit of this particular mangrove tree were covered with colorful beetles, probably trying to extract some form of nutrition from them.

This photo is part of the first episode of the Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km SE of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places.

The first episode also features a documentary film viewable on Vimeo.com/freemindflow/lowtide

If you like our project and have an iPad (or a friend with an iPad), the first episode also has a dedicated app, which besides the film and photos (viewable offline) also features more of our thoughts and observations of the places and people of Nusa Lembongan and a detailed, beautifully hand-drawn, interactive map. The app is available for download on the App Store http://goo.gl/1NPLT.

To find out more about the project visit our website www.newmindflow.com

Stranded During Low Tide

Larger boats usually get stranded during the low tide.

Just Another Work Day

The low tide makes seaweed harvesting easier and the whole community gathers to take advantage of it.

This photo is part of the first episode of the Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km SE of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places.

The first episode also features a documentary film viewable on Vimeo.com/freemindflow/lowtide

If you like our project and have an iPad (or a friend with an iPad), the first episode also has a dedicated app, which besides the film and photos (viewable offline) also features more of our thoughts and observations of the places and people of Nusa Lembongan and a detailed, beautifully hand-drawn, interactive map. The app is available for download on the App Store http://goo.gl/1NPLT.

To find out more about the project visit our website www.newmindflow.com

Seaweed Drying Process

This old man was turning the seaweed to make sure it dries on both sides.

This photo is part of the first episode of the Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km SE of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places.

The first episode also features a documentary film viewable on Vimeo.com/freemindflow/lowtide

If you like our project and have an iPad (or a friend with an iPad), the first episode also has a dedicated app, which besides the film and photos (viewable offline) also features more of our thoughts and observations of the places and people of Nusa Lembongan and a detailed, beautifully hand-drawn, interactive map. The app is available for download on the App Store http://goo.gl/1NPLT.

To find out more about the project visit our website www.newmindflow.com

Traditional Cockfighting

Neither is prepared to back down in what is going to be a short fight to the death.

This photo is part of the first episode of the Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km SE of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places.

The first episode also features a documentary film viewable on Vimeo.com/freemindflow/lowtide

If you like our project and have an iPad (or a friend with an iPad), the first episode also has a dedicated app, which besides the film and photos (viewable offline) also features more of our thoughts and observations of the places and people of Nusa Lembongan and a detailed, beautifully hand-drawn, interactive map. The app is available for download on the App Store http://goo.gl/1NPLT.

To find out more about the project visit our website www.newmindflow.com

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javierlozada82
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Javier Lozada  about 2 years ago
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Beautiful pictures! What camera did you use to capture these?
freemindflow
Free Mindflow  about 2 years ago
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A Canon 7D and a Nikon D40X.
adoklalang
adok lalang  about 2 years ago
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Nice pict,........ Like it so much :)