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Pastor Robert Ramone: Introducing Sumba through photographs

  • Emanuel Dapa Loka

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 14 2011   /  08:03 am

JP/Enos Bulu BaliApart from his duties as a pastor, what Robert Ramone loves most is photography.

It began 19 years ago, when he began to aim his pocket camera at beautiful objects — mostly flowers — just for fun.

At the time, film was still used for photography. “As the film and its processing were expensive, I had to scrimp and save to take pictures. Moreover, there wasn’t much money in the seminary for the pastime,” said the Catholic priest from Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

He later turned to more serious objects, and he became known as a cultural photographer. He went to villages and cultural events with traditionally clad dancers beside communal houses and megalith tombs. It is not easy to find dancers in traditional dress in Sumba because regional dance performances are very ceremonial and usually involve costly rituals.   

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