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Best Places to Take Street Photography in Jakarta

By Isny Dewi R

17 July 2019

3 places in Jakarta that ideal for hunting street photography.

Street photography is a photography genre that became popular since the 19th century, but is now growing rapidly thanks to the presence of Instagram, digital cameras with some sophisticated features that can be obtained at affordable prices, as well as smartphones with high-quality camera features. On Instagram, there are so many accounts displaying fantastic shots from streeters (the name for street photographers). As the capital city, Jakarta is filled with social colours that are perfect to be photographed. For those who are interested to try this genre, here are three places in Jakarta that are ideal for hunting street photography.

1. Blok A MRT Station
This spot is becoming a byword in Jakarta streeters. Not infrequently, at night many streeters start to take action to get their best photos. At first glance, there is nothing special about this place. But if you pay close attention, you will find an amazing view.

A stairway with a sign read Blok A. The hallway is an access to the Blok A MRT station which was built on Jalan Panglima Polim. The neat and elegant MRT station building seems to contrast with the rather shady landscape next to it, in an irregular row of shophouses and cables. Your shots here will be more beautiful if taken at night and there are people passing by in this area.

Stasiun Blok A
Address: Jl. Panglima Polim No.143, Pulo, Kby. Baru, South Jakarta

2. Pelican Crossing Around Plaza Indonesia
This area is also one of the favourite spots for street photographers. Taking photos of pedestrians crossing with Bundaran HI bus stop and tall buildings on Jalan Thamrin as background make your shots will be amazing. Photos will be even better if you take them in the late afternoon, where the sky looks beautiful with a combination of blue and orange.

3. Sunda Kelapa Port
Since photography get liked by so many Jakartans, Sunda Kelapa Port has also become the favourite photo spot for photographers. The best time is the afternoon. Because in the afternoon, the dust at the port is not so disturbing, the wind is not so strong during the afternoon. In addition, the orange sky will create a dramatic nuance to your photos. You can photograph ship’s crew activities if they are still there. Or take pictures of tourists who are admiring this port with background of ships that are leaning back and charming orange skies.

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