This is Kampong Ayer, the Water Village of Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei on northern Borneo. The picture was taken from a minaret of the Ali Saifuddin-mosque, the only mosque where I've gone to the top of the minaret with an air-conditioned elevator.
In a workshop you can see a view from down below.
These pictures from 1976 were scanned from Kodachrome slides.
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mafegan (8624) 2008-08-24 1:45
Another good scan. Quite a bizarre sight with the contrasting architecture. I am wondering how this scene looks today. TFS, Marlene
saxo042 (37578) 2008-08-24 1:55
Fine and interesting photo with many details. I get the impression that the foreground water is at a higher level than the background, but it might be an illusion. Nice boat anyway.
fanni (14381) 2008-08-24 2:10
it's like "the water world"! interesting perspective! roofs, roofs, roofs....
Thank you for the workshop photo: it also gives interesting additional information... to complete the impression :) No roads - just wooden boards!
thank you, and best regards,
nirvana73 (0) 2008-08-24 4:03
good shot was taken from a minaret
good POV and composition
thanks for sharing and explanations
macondo (18623) 2008-08-24 4:28
Excellent scanning job to show us this interesting village and boat-like 'island'. It's quite a panorama. It does seem like the water in the foreground is higher. I believe there is enough oil money in Brunei to accomplish any kind of engineering feat. Yet the homes look very modest, if not poor. A good upload from 'long ago'.
Kielia (23711) 2008-08-24 5:10
thanks for this impression of the water village. I have recently studied the photos taken by Aloysius (aloyho) and the comparison is really amazing! I like the colours of this excellent scan and the management of the light is great! My compliments!
pastadog (13111) 2008-08-24 6:58
Hi Gert - I didn't know about this place, and it looks strange, unusual, fascinating, so thanks for sharing... Generally good quality in the scan, maybe the sky area a little strange... as for the compo I esp. like the wonderful structure on the water (probably a temple) and the reflection... and that intriguing causeway that seems to go all the way up to the minaret on the bottom... regards, Daniel
noborders (1010) 2008-08-24 8:06
Absolutely incredible, I guess that there is much more luxury there now... I was working as a tour guide in nearby Sarawak and heard some amazing tales from that place ; the sort of Chinese boat fantasy is fun and at the back, the maze of narrow alleys on stilts connecting the various little houses with corrugated iron must have been dangerous at night (better not to be drunk !)
I'd like to see a photo from the same minaret taken nowadays, your had found an ideal POV !
Very interesting like all your photos,
molla (7127) 2008-08-24 22:15
It is something about those S-E Asian towns and willage that always makes me longing for them, the thick humid air, the corrugated sheet metal and the low key intence, would be interesting to se this view today in this one of the worlds richest countrys.
kschanna (6) 2008-08-25 5:56
The architecture is unique, where the muslim art from the middle east meets the truly eastern art. This perspective is very impressive.
Thanks for sharim
Deepforest (9260) 2008-08-26 14:56
Brunei is one of of my future destinations and dreams... Fantastic view and good point of view. This water settlement looks so amazing and unique for me... Good composition and nice colours. Good quality.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-08-28 0:50
Hello Gert! Fantastic place. Good perspective. Very good capture. Wonderful effect. Good luck!
scroller (3407) 2008-08-29 12:57
Hej Gert a great view over this water village. The calm sea in the bottom creates a super reflection!
mikeo (12129) 2008-09-03 1:26
Superb work with scanning. Quality is really good and if the date of taking this shot was not given I would never say it is dated so long ago...
The view is great, so exotic and well framed.
horatiuTT (4570) 2008-09-22 5:26
wow,this is quite a view,it looks like an asiatic Venice :D.
The tones are also very original.
hispic (9652) 2008-09-29 2:27
Remarkable journalistic shot. This shot brought the contrast between the gorgeous ceremonial ship and the humble water village into sharp relief. Strange clouds floating in the sky soften this contrast.
Have a nice day, Hisashi
asl (424) 2009-05-20 6:38
woaw! ceci est une photo fantatique! ca fait rever! merci beaucoup!
avidfan (42) 2009-10-29 23:51
Great POV and wonderful picture.
kato (11630) 2012-02-16 18:26
This is an interesting photograph, so it's impressive to see the water village with crowed private houses. On the other hand, the mosque of this side in a somewhat high position is splendid. And, the green and the pier which are visible in the distance give additional good effect in this image as well as the reflection of an architecture of the mosque.
imageme (1767) 2013-10-27 21:12
Very beautiful paradise, another venice. Super POV and colours. The depth is good, awesome presentation.
jcpix (13688) 2014-06-26 18:51
An air conditioned elevator to get to the top...why aren't the rest of the worlds attractions taking notice of this novel concept?? :)
What a splendid view over this city...and one which kind of boggles my mind. Amazing to think of people literally living on the water like this. From here, it would certainly appear to be a close knit community...better hope you like your neighbors. :) Fascinating village life, and a real eye opener to these Western eyes of mine. Great to see a place rarely featured on these pages, at least as long as I've been around. Enjoy the new day. All the best.