Photo-shoot Day 1 – Lempaung village, and portraits of Subari
On the first day, we went to take a few general views of the hills around the village, where illegal deforestation was taking place, and visited the first settlement of farmers working in a coffee plantation. After discussing with them for 30 minutes or so and hearing their story, we prepared for the first shooting session with Subari, 30, and his co-worker, 70 years old.
I started off by documenting some of their work in the coffee plantation, in front of their houses, and taking some portraits among coffee trees. Those involved quite a bit of lighting, which I was able to obtain thanks to the gear I was carrying — still the 10kg of speedlights, reflector and all the gear that I described in my previous post here.
Rice paddies and illegal logging on the hills of Lempung
Subari spreading the coffee for it to dry in front of his home
Deforestation from afar. Those hills were covered in dense forest only a few years ago