ROBERTO DEL CARLO PHOTOLUX AWARD 2015: MAN, MOUNTAINS AND THE SEA — RONY ZAKARIA
winner of the Roberto Del Carlo Photolux Award 2015
proposed by Dimitri Beck
Divided by over 17.000 island and located at the Pacific Ring of Fire. Indonesia is home for more than 150 active volcanoes and marked by coastlines that span over 80.000 km. This project documents an ongoing history of people and communities whose life affected by two major entities for Indonesians, the mountains and the sea. In a series of evocative images, Zakaria explores the deep spirituality that can connect men to Nature in Indonesia. Shooting in rich, grainy black-and-white, he leads us from lava-spewing volcanic heights to the shores of a vast and moody sea, exploring along the way the sacred rituals and traditions observed by these islanders in their quest to tame the fury of their powerful hosts. The images have a classic, poetic beauty to them while never losing hold of the stories they are telling.