“Sunset Over Jakarta”


Dear ________,

I remember taking this photograph back in 2010. Back then, I and my family were moving from a two-story suburban house to a one hundred square meters apartment in the city. We were excited to move in permanently (which we did in the next year) that every Friday after  school we would drove to the city and transfer portion of our belongings from the old house to “the apartment”, thats how we call it.

Most of the time, our car would be full of furnitures and stuff (I had seven boxes of toys and hundreds of book) that we wouldn’t be able to sit comfortably during the trip. However, since our apartment is located nearby a shopping mall we frequently visited since childhood, we were always excited to go to the apartment and have dinner at the mall. During the course of the weekend, my mother would clean the apartment and sort our belongings to the dedicated place, while I would study for school exam or play on my laptop when not helping her.

This photograph was taken on one of the Friday’s ritual we did that year, I was just beginning to learn photography at the time and I remember cursing myself for not having a tripod. We rarely watched sunset from a high-rise before, so it was an amazing view to us, and it still is today. Now I have been living on the same apartment for over six years, sunrise and sunset comes everyday, yet I haven’t got a photograph of it better than this one. Every now and then, when the sky was a mix of orange and blue, my mother would tell me to look into the sky and say, “the sky looks like in Cape Town”, a reference I would tell you for another time. I hope you find my early-year photograph enjoyable and inspiring, for I’ll sent you another one soon enough.

Your friend,



This photo is available for sale (in digital format and prints), for inquiry contact kyky909@gmail.com


About Journeyman

A global macro analyst with over four years experience in the financial market, the author began his career as an equity analyst before transitioning to macro research focusing on Emerging Markets at a well-known independent research firm. He read voraciously, spending most of his free time following The Economist magazine and reading topics on finance and self-improvement. When off duty, he works part-time for Getty Images, taking pictures from all over the globe. To date, he has over 1200 pictures over 35 countries being sold through the company.
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4 Responses to “Sunset Over Jakarta”

  1. Thanks for sharing your photo and story, Kevin. Had your mother ever visited Capetown?

    • agent909 says:

      We did back in 2015, it was a great place to live if not for the high crime rate. The sunset during our visit in summer was fantastic, we were traveling from Knysna and arrived there at sunset, seeing the whole town from a hill nearby. Thanks for reading, you got a great collection of photographs yourself!

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