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David Metcalf

David Metcalf is a photographer, author and filmmaker. Originally from New Zealand, he now lives in Ubud, Bali. Travelling the globe for the past thirty years his travels and photography have taken him throughout Indonesia, Thailand, India, Nagaland, Malaysia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Philippines, USA and beyond.

David’s opened Taksu Photo Gallery in Ubud, Bali in August 2015, which operates as a centre for creative photography showcasing talented young Balinese photographers work as well as his own work. He is also the author of three photography and travel books on Bali, Borneo and Indonesia.

For the past thirty years, David’s fascination with travel photography has given rise to five photographic exhibitions in Indonesia. His focus is mainly on indigenous people and places, primarily using black and white film prior to 2004 and then moving into digital photography. David’s photography and writing has been published in Garuda Colours, 3Sixty Air Asia, The Jakarta Post, NowJakarta, Silverkris in flight magazine, Bali & Beyond and several other travel and lifestyle magazines.

Author of Indonesia’s Hidden Heritage – Cultural Journeys of Discovery and also Looking for Borneo these two books feature his extensive photographic work. His latest book Bali Essence is a photographic tribute to the people and culture of Bali and was released in April 2015. All his books are available at Taksu Photo Gallery, Ubud.

As well as writing and photographing for magazines, David also runs regular photography workshops in Bali. Photographic tours run daily in Bali – ½ day or full day. These tours are unique and showcase places of extraordinary beauty in Bali, way off the tourist route. 8 days photo tours are also offered to Alaska, India, Java, Borneo, Bali, USA and other parts of Asia.

David’s documentary film, Long Saan - The Journey Back is due for release in December, 2015. His charity work includes supporting Ransel Buku - an educational initiative in poor villages in Kalimantan, Darung Tingang; a Dayak dance academy in Kalimantan and Borneo Eco Jungle Camp- a community initiative deep in the heart of Borneo.

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