Indonesia was always a place that had beautiful landscape that blew my mind: Stunning beaches, hypnotic rainforests, mysterious temples, hidden waterfalls… it is a tropical paradise that was immense to explore and backpack about in. I swear my camera hardly left my face as I attempted to capture scene upon scene of terrain, but as usual, it never looked as good on my camera as it did in front of my eyes as I stood there.
However, I stumbled upon Hengki Koentjoro’s work, and wow. He totally does Indonesia’s landscape justice.
He was born in Semaran, Central Java, Indonesia and graduated at Santa Barbara, California where he majored in film and minored in fine art photography. Back in Indonesia, he now specializes in photography both underwater and on land, and does a goddamn amazing job at it!
He believes that his photography allows him to enable others to see the unseen and the unspoken of the beauty of nature. It is both a mystical and mind-blowing force which he attempts to portray through black and white photography, while also trying to make the common things he encountered in his home country, Indonesia, a beautiful and unusual scene for all to see…. but enough talk. Here’s Indonesia through his eyes:

So surreal! But hopefully you can see what an incredible destination Indonesia is. You’ll come back with your minds blown, just like me.

All Photographs via Hengki Koentjoro’s Flickr

Sophie Saint was one of the original travelettes, from 2009 – 2017. After fleeing the UK with ink barely dry on her graduation certificate, she traversed the world with a backpack and spent a few years living in Melbourne – one of her favourite cities in the world.

She finally returned to the UK after a few years where she now whiles time away zipping off for European escapes, crocheting and daydreaming of owning her own hostel somewhere hot to live out eternal summers. See what she’s up to over on her blog and instagram: @saintsonaplane