Arnaldo Pellini: Photos and Words

A diary about my life abroad

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Winter wonderland series / 9

Over the knoll, 2019

The countryside in Eastern Finland, close to the border with Russia is more hilly than in the west of the country. There are these soft hills which resemble waves in the open sea. About 150 years ago this part of Finland was covered by forest and bug rocks. The farmers who settled here cleared the land one tree at a time, one rock at a time. Some of those rocks were used to build the foundation for the farmhouses. Hard work that in the winter had probably to stop to wait for the spring and the summer.

This is the last photograph fo this series. Next week I will start a new series of nine photographs from a different country. Different life stories.

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Winter wonderland series / 1

Farming in winter, 2018
Line of defence, 2018
The thin line, 2018

The small shop down the road

Every neighborough in Jakarta has these small shops down the road where one can run to and buy mobile phone credits (pulsa), a soft drink, the three in one powder mix to prepare a milk coffee. The shop in the photo is down our road. It is family run. Open from early morning to late evening seven days a week.

The alleys of Kemang

I always like to walk in the narrow alleys of Kemang, in the south part of Jakarta. People greet me. I stop for a quick chat. I discover interesting angles and details that I capture in a photo with my iPhone.

The Tjong A Fie Mansion in Medan

The Tjong A Fie Mansion is a two-story mansion in Medan, North Sumatra, built by Tjong A Fie (1860 – 1921) a Hakka merchant who came to own much of the land in Medan through his plantations, later becoming ‘Majoor der Chineezen’ (leader of the Chinese’) in Medan and constructing the Medan-Belawan railway. Tjong A Fie is said to be related to Cheong Fatt Tze, who built the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang, Malaysia. The building is constructed in Chinese-European-Art Deco style, and was completed in 1900, and said to have been modeled on the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.

The usual

Every Friday afternoon I spend an hour at the Dialogue art & coffee in South Jakarta. I sit for 45 minutes, waiting for my daughter to finish her piano lesson nearby.  It is a nice, modern coffee. There always new exhibitions. I sit at one if the tables and usually order a sparkling Equil. I then work on a blog or read sonething.

The day after the flood

I took these photos on a Sunday morning, the day after a very heavy downpour that hit Jakarta. It rained very heavily and for a few hours. The lower parts of the city, like this kampung (urban village) in the Kemang area got flooded. It does get flooded at every strong rain, but the one that hit Jakarta a couple of weekends ago was particularly strong. The day after I found people who were tired after a long night spent drying the lower floors of the their houses and rescuing furnitures. I talked with them about the challenge of living with frequent flooding in this area and how things have changed little during the last few years.

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