This series of photos was taken whilst I was living in Bali, with my Balinese wife. We had learned of the passing of a family member – a great aunt. The cremation would take place the following day, and so with very little daylight left we set out to Singaraja, Bali’s second largest city. Given the small size of the island, it takes an inordinate amount of time to get just about anywhere. This is especially true when having to traverse the mountains which divide the North and South of Bali.
Originally from England, Paul Thompson’s interest in photography was ignited whilst living in Bali, Indonesia where he immersed himself in the local culture - the tradition, dance and landscape are a photographer’s dream. In 2015 he started to enter competitions, to date his work has now been shown in 39 salons in 27 different countries. Paul was a finalist in the Fremantle International Portrait Prize (FIPP) and has received a number of international awards from the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), the International Photography Awards (IPA), the Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), the Monochrome Awards, the International Photographer of the Year Awards (IPOTY) and a number of others. Now living in Perth with his young family Paul whilst having an inherent affinity for the genres of photojournalism and street photography now wants to take the next step from ‘taking’ photos to ‘making’ photographs in the area of portraiture and fine art.