The World Through a Photographer’s Lens: Bali

Around The World Through a Photographer’s Lens: Bali

Words and Photos by Dave Stamboulis

Around the World Through a Photographer’s Lens is a weekly feature from Award Wiinning travel photographer and writer, Dave Stamboulis.  Every Monday afternoon you can find Dave’s work here at Vagobond. See the world through a photographer’s lens.

Despite the tourist hordes, the tiny isle of Bali remains steeped in tradition

1) Praying at a local shrine in Ubud



2) Tirta Empul, taking a bath in the holy waters is considered lucky



3) An old woman bearing flowers at Tirta Empul



4) Traditional dance remains embedded in Balinese culture



5) Young girls come to study dance in Ubud adUbud4gal2AAA 6) The Kecak trance dance is a popular tradition



7) Fire dancing is also a Balinese tradition


8) Balinese funerals start with a cremation


9) and end with ashes being scattered at sea


10) Giving thanks in Bali, hands folded in prayer aaUbud3wai3AAA

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Dave Stamboulis (Facebook Page)  is a global nomad who spent seven years traveling 40,000 kilometers around the world by bicycle. His book Odysseus Last Stand chronicles that journey. Dave resides in Bangkok, Thailand, where he works for magazines, newspapers, and stock agencies as a freelance photojournalist.  His quest for stories and images in off the beaten track places has taken him to spots such as Borneo, Ethiopia, Bolivia, and other way out locations, often reached via bicycle, kayak, or on foot.  you can check out his work at and his most recent photography at his Flickr.