Bali’s traditional life that continues behind the buzz of the ever-growing tourist industry is recorded by Jill Gocher’s captivating words and images in Secret Bali; a book that is an ode to the colour and life of Bali’s on-going living culture. From the many colourful ceremonies and dances, to the mystic mornings in rice fields and busy lives in the market, Jill captures a side to Bali that not every tourist can see or experience.
As Bali changes from a sleepy agriculturally-based island living its culture on a daily basis, to a dynamic tourism-based resort replacing the traditional with modern and Balinese culture with Western lifestyle, I decided that we needed to record as much as possible for the future. Who better to turn to than the exceptionally talented Jill Gocher whose ability to capture life beautifully with her camera is outstanding.
The result in the pages of this brand new book is Bali, away from the tourist track where the life continues as it has for centuries. But even this has another side, another aspect: the myths and legends that underlie so much of Balinese culture.
For this I turned to immensely talented historian, art critic and art custodian Jean Couteau, who has been regularly writing on aspects of Balinese culture and belief in NOW! Bali.
So this marvellous combination of talents came together to create “Secret Bali”, to bring the “seen” and “the unseen” elements, the sekala and niskala of Balinese life together in these pages. It is a truly marvellous book and I thank both these exceptional people of their talent and creativity.
Alistair Speirs, OBE - Publisher
Size: 21cm (W) x 23cm (H)Softcover
Pages: 124 pages including Cover in English
Shipping Weight: 1 kg
Published: Phoenix Communications Publishers
Regular Retail Price: Rp 150,000
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