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Yamdena Island - part 5

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 18 September 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

The town square in Matakus. I did not get the chance to ask, but the statue figure might be holding a trumpet-like shell. The people of Yamdena often use stone (and even megaliths) to honor the arrival of their ancestors from the sea.

The word spreads about our arrival; and soon a crowd of curious locals begin to gather.

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arvin from sari, Iran

Interesting and spectacular

18 Sep 2012 5:10am

rem_la from Villiers, France

belle scene de rue

18 Sep 2012 5:18am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Before I read the description I was thinking the same thing... like a conch shell from Lord of the Flies! Looks like he is also sitting in water :-)

18 Sep 2012 5:58am

João Mourão from Lisboa, Portugal

Old worshiping. Thanks for sharing.

18 Sep 2012 6:03am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Beautiful composition, mood & tones!

18 Sep 2012 6:18am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Wonderful captures in a wonderous trip!

18 Sep 2012 6:19am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

It's obviously quite important to be given a dominant position in the town square.

18 Sep 2012 6:36am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Guess that they were very welcoming........

18 Sep 2012 7:19am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superbe point de vue et magnifique sculpture. La lumière est splendide. Bonne journée.

18 Sep 2012 7:31am

P-TER from Roeselare, Belgium

A idol thus! :-)
Beautiful visualized.

18 Sep 2012 8:26am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Very interesting, a reportage that also allows us to discover these islands.
Good day.

18 Sep 2012 9:00am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Gute Aufnahme. Schön die Statue im Vordergrund und hinten die Reisegruppe.

18 Sep 2012 9:25am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

nicely framed

18 Sep 2012 9:32am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nica and interesting shot , Phil

18 Sep 2012 9:34am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Jolie composition ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

18 Sep 2012 9:54am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

wonderful shot very nice

18 Sep 2012 9:57am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful image and feel to it . light tones, a lot of lights, kids, gathering ... very lovely atmosphere

18 Sep 2012 10:13am

@Mariana M.: Thanks, Mariana. And you will see more of the kids tomorrow!

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A wonderful composiiton .

18 Sep 2012 10:24am

Emma G from Canberra, Australia

must have been just as much a novelty for the locals as it was for the ship passengers!

18 Sep 2012 10:26am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

loving the powerful light you had in this series

18 Sep 2012 10:41am

yalda from Iran

Very interesting
wonderful composiiton
light tones is lovely

18 Sep 2012 10:47am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Very cool find, Stephen! I wonder how old statue is to be so weathered.

18 Sep 2012 10:55am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I should have asked these questions much earlier on...I'm getting the idea that visitors to the Island are really rare-almost like you are missionaries in the old days. I can't imagine a place not touched by tourism these days. Was your visit really that rare? Where is this place? How did you get there?

18 Sep 2012 10:58am

@CElliottUK: Visitors are indeed rare. You might need to check google earth to pin point the exact location as it is hard to describe. The Tanimbar Islands group is not really on the tourism map. I think only private yachts and small expeditions visit. Lonely Planet guides might list it but that is about all. Our cruise (on the Orion) was unique in its expedition style. Orion is the only cruise ship that travels to this part of Indonesia. And the Orion would only visit once or twice a year. I am still not sure where it was we were! Matakus (from the name over the gateway to the village) is a small islet somewhere off the coast of the main island, Yamdena. Yamdena is a big island with heavy forest but no easy harbour. Unfortunately, the reef conditions prevented our landing. The ship's captain just kept sailing around the coast until he found a calm entry point inside the reef. Thus our 'plan B' leading to our Zodiac landing on the beach at this fishing village.

Rafael from North Miami, United States

Excellent clear shot. Like it!

18 Sep 2012 11:05am

franz from Baden, Austria

this square looks very "international" - in the sense that it could be almost anywhere - if it wasn't for this unique stone sculpture. it somehow reminds me of easter island, though on a much smaller scale, of course!

18 Sep 2012 11:28am

tataray from france, France

Jolie statue attrayante.
Je pense que les habitants sont contents de voir arriver les touristes.))

18 Sep 2012 12:05pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent composition and framing

18 Sep 2012 3:03pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Ave cle vélo qui passe sueprbe statue et ensemble.

18 Sep 2012 4:10pm

Visu...Elle Photography from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Etonnante et jolie statue en prière

18 Sep 2012 4:50pm

ruthiebear from Titusville,NJ, United States

A wonderful capture of this statue. The pose is nice and I like the texture of it too.

18 Sep 2012 4:51pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What an interesting sculpture. You mentioned the shell. It reminds me of the conch shell that the Hawaiians use to signal the arrival of someone. I remember it when I was a child and we lived in Hawaii. I really like how the white building stands out against the clouds. I am sure that you all looked like an interesting bunch to the locals!

18 Sep 2012 5:02pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

I like your composition.

18 Sep 2012 5:12pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I just thought it had cold hands :-)

18 Sep 2012 5:53pm

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

I think he has to pray and worship not is holding a trumpet

18 Sep 2012 7:47pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful documented photo with the gathering of people and the beautiful scenery!

18 Sep 2012 7:51pm

thierry from anseremme, Belgium

belle photo, mreci pour la visite

18 Sep 2012 8:10pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

You are certainly showing us sights that we wouldn't normally see... great image and colours

18 Sep 2012 9:34pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great PoV incorporating the statue and the surrounding landscape! The yellow flowers stand out beautifully here.

18 Sep 2012 9:35pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A very interesting sculpture in this scenic image, and I'm looking forward to more.

18 Sep 2012 9:50pm

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

Very interesting street scene and nice sculpture !!! Light and colors are wonderful ...

18 Sep 2012 11:18pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image. Wonderful composition and information. Love it, Stephen. :)

19 Sep 2012 5:47pm

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

J'aime la mise en image.
Je la trouve un peu surex.

20 Sep 2012 12:44am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A tidy square and interesting sculpture. It seems quite the picturesque place.

21 Sep 2012 6:04pm

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