Contrast

Light and dark, tall and short, happy and sad — this week, share a shot that captures a contrast. This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST.

Hello all

Sometimes dear friends, one comes across a place in one’s travels that leaves you gasping … but not in the way you would think. This happened to us when our cruise stopped in Lombok Indonesia. We were shocked to find that we were in third world conditions complete with pit toilets and few western innovations, and we saw for ourselves the way that these people lived.

However, we didn’t realise that worse was to come when our driver (everyone who owns a large vehicle becomes a tour driver on port day in Lombok) took us to the rural area where his family lived. I’m not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t what we got! Therefore today, I want to use these photos of rural Lombok to bring to you photos that say: CONTRAST. Enjoy!

Here I am learning to weave from one of the women who weaves from dawn to dusk every day!

Here I am learning to weave from one of the women who weaves from dawn to dusk every day!

It was a meagre existence where the women weave all day and the men are the entrepreneurs selling tablecloths, runners and all types of woven goods to tourists. Even the girls come home from school and weave until tea time. In fact, when we were there, we saw a twelve year old girl weaving on a veranda looking though the window of their house (shack). It appears that they watch TV while they weave!

And what about the boys? Well, they don’t do much at all! It is a funny old world isn’t it?

Such contrasts ... the colourful clothes of the children against the mire in which they live.

Such contrasts … the colourful clothes of the children against the mire in which they live.

We were shocked by the way they lived in this part of the world. Children and chickens ran around together amongst the dirt and squalor. The houses were really only  shacks slapped together with whatever they could find. This indeed was a land of contrasts! Go to the seaside villages and you would find beautiful resorts full of tourists and all western conveniences. Go into the countryside and be shocked!

It's easy to see the contrast between me and this old grandma. Not sure if she is abusing me or what! However, we did have to pay to be photographed together.

It’s easy to see the contrast between me and this old grandma. Not sure if she is abusing me or what! However, we did have to pay to be photographed together.

Of course, the old people living here were missing teeth and did not look to be in good condition! Even though they are excused from weaving, they mind the children and seem to be responsible for helping out daughters and daughter-in-law by putting food on the table and were not very happy either. Possibly they think it’s time for retirement?

Just for the heck of it, I have included this photo of a clutch of chickens resting in the dirt because there is nowhere else better to settle.

Just for the heck of it, I have included this photo of a clutch of chickens resting in the dirt because there is nowhere else better to settle.

As we left this dirty and dusty rural area, the four of us were shaking our heads in disbelief … and counting our blessings at the same time. We realised how lucky we were to live where we live …

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