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Shutterbugs descend on 'quiet Jakarta' over Idul Fitri

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, June 7, 2019   /  01:32 pm
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Two students pose on June 5 in downtown Jakarta in a '#JakartaSepi' photograph. The pair pretended to weep while watching a Korean drama on a laptop.(JP/Theresia Kartika)

The once-a-year phenomenon of Jakarta's empty streets during Idul Fitri (Lebaran) has become a popular subject among photographers of all types, from professionals to amateurs and to ordinary enthusiasts. Many visitors have been taking to the tranquility of Jl. MH Thamrin in the Central Jakarta business district to snap daring and quirky pictures, creating fresh images in keeping with last year’s Lebaran trend on Instagram, #JakartaSepi (quiet Jakarta). Kristian Tandjung, a 24-year-old product designer and part-time photographer from Surabaya, East Java, planned a personal holiday project with two friends a week before Lebaran. “Basically, we want to capture the moment since we only have an opportunity like this in Jakarta once a year, when Jakarta is so ‘peaceful,’ that we can do many a...