By Hannah Stevens @hannahshewans
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Photographer Rarindra Prakarsa trekked to the Rumpin region, near the city of Jakarta, Indonesia, to see the surviving traditionalists living nearby.
Even though technology has made its mark, Prakarsa recalls seeing the villager’s animals roaming freely as the children spent hours bonding with the creatures.
The 43-year-old Jakarta photographer continued: “Nowadays, it is not as common to see children play around with buffalo in the fields, herding goats, or even just holding a chicken.
“Over the last 20 years the close relationships with the animals have become less and less commonplace.
“Now when I visit rural Indonesia I mainly see children who have become too busy with TV and smartphones to interact with the animals in the same way.”
The photographs depict these rare moments of bonding between child and animal, including a playful tussle between a young boy and a buffalo and the release of a duck into the air by three laughing children.
Prakarsa began photographing the region in 2007 and since then its people have changed drastically.
“They are now much more connected with modern life with smartphones and TV has poisoned them with the need for material things,” said Prakarsa.
“It is positive that they are better connected with the modern world, but I miss the times when I visited and the children were playing outside without a piece of technology in sight.”
Although many customs have been forgotten, the explorer inserted some conventions into his images to get a stronger sense of the village’s heritage - such as dressing the women in traditional clothing called Kabaya.
Rarindra wanted to capture the beautiful simplicity of the rural villager’s lives and to create photos with a nostalgic feel to them.
He said: “I’ve always wanted to take photos that look like paintings and I always pictured paintings about the simple country life with ordinary people doing everyday things.
“Everyone knows there are thousands of villages in Indonesia, but people rarely get to see them, so I wanted to share this rare sight with the world so that they could get a glimpse into the villager’s simple, but happy lives.”