Photographer's Note

Still on street photography in Central Java. Shot taken on overcast day in Yogyakarta, the provincial capital city of the same name. What a better way to enjoy the area and watch the world go by, by taking a leasurely joy ride on one of the favourite forms of transport in this busy town, the three wheeler or 'becak' - trishaw. There are dozens of them operating on short runs all over the town, it is quite comfortable for one but I think a bit cramped for two.

The becak can be found everywhere in Asia and even now as a tourist attraction in London’s Soho and parts of New York City. But it is Indonesia, and especially in Java, that is the true heartland of the becak and symbol of Indonesia as the silhouette of a wayang kulit puppet, the smell of a clove cigarette or the aroma of Java coffee. The becak, a three-wheeled pedal-powered bike with a passenger seat, is the descendant of the original hand-pulled rickshaws that originated in Japan in the 19th Century. The design and style varies from country to country, and even from city to city, but in Indonesia the passenger sits up front, with an uninterrupted view of the busy streets. Despite the best efforts of municipal governments to get rid of them, becak still survive providing transport to the masses and employment for millions of people across Indonesia.

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