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David Metcalf

  • David Metcalf

Originally from Wellington in New Zealand, David has lived Indonesia for eight years. He is the author of three cultural photography books, regularly holds photography exhibitions in Bali and Jakarta, and is a spokesperson for the indigenous Dayak people of Kalimantan. David delivers a photo tour which connects you deeply with travel and culture, and will open photographic learning opportunities that will take you to another level of seeing and feeling the subject.

David's passion for photography started at 19 years old, when he bought his first Kodak camera. Now he uses a combination of Nikon D 700 and D 800 full frame cameras with a variety of lenses, including: 24-70mm, f2.8; 14-24mm, f2.8; and 28-300mm f3.5-5.6. David is an insightful tutor and will inspire you to put the manual down, engage with the subject, access your creativity and capture the essence of a photo.

David is regularly published in Garuda Indonesia Colours, Air Asia 3Sixty, Indonesia Expat, NowJakarta, Jakarta Post, Bali & Beyond and various more magazines. He is a regular contributor for Now Jakarta Magazine with a monthly “Hidden Heritage” travel column. Recently David was chosen as the featured photographer in Master Class in Colours Garuda Indonesia Inflight Magazine.

One of the most powerful emotions that people feel when visiting ancient cultures, is the desire to want to help and contribute in a positive way to local community projects. Through our carefully nurtured and long term relationships built with the village elders, initiatives have been put in place to support educational eco-programs and sustainable solutions. Ten percent of tour fees goes to support three preservation and education projects in Bali and Borneo.

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David's Photo Tours

Alaska Photo Workshop

15 Days in Southwest USA

12 Days in Bali and Borneo
The Islands of the Imagination Tour

11 Days in Nagaland and Assam
The Forgotten Frontiers Tour

Myanmar Photo Workshop

13 Days in Myanmar
The Soul and Spirit Tour

Things you can buy from David

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Indonesia's Hidden Heritage

Looking for Borneo

Bali Essence

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