A rare tribute to Java
Beyond Java features a rare mosaic of some of the most inspiring people I got the chance to meet along my way for the past four years of a thorough exploration. I have screened over 40.000 photos of my travels to keep only a hundred ones featuring most tribes and traditional costumes of the island.
Read travel stories that will inspire you
The book features four exclusive travel stories that will let you know more about the people I met. During my multiple expeditions, I questionned myself about the dimension of happiness, how the people living in the far remote corners of the island live, what they do, what they eat and what they think. What's their job? And what wisdom I could grasp from it in order to leave you a lasting impression about this special island. Furthermore, you will get to read the story of one of the oldest living women (120 years old), will learn more about the job of one of the latest traditional midwives, or meet those unique village children whose ability is to naturally grow dreadlocked hair.
A book featured in several national media
If the book's content hadn't been appealing, it wouldn't have attracted the general attention of the people. Beside its foreword written by Indonesia's Minister of Tourism, I am blessed to have had media interested in knowing more about this project's first volume and giving praise in numerous articles.
Listen to them, not me
Your book reached my home today. Have been looking at photos and reading your texts for hours. Everything have really touched my heart....
I'm sure you will have a bright future ahead of you, working with the people, and in the country, you love so much.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to buy this amazing book!
Dear Marius, I received your book yesterday and it is so impressive, more than I even expected! You are a very special photographer. Special because I know I could point to any of your subjects and you could tell me about the person and the day you met them. No poverty porn from you. Every portrait is filled with respect and yes...love.
I am trying to take my time reading and appreciating every page. Savouring every word and image. You deserve all the plaudits and all the great reviews I am sure you will receive Marius. Many congratulations on this wonderful book! 💚💚💚
Dear Marius, I find your interesting project here and have already ordered and received your first book "Beyond Java", it is really wonderful, the photos show the diversity of people and nature in Indonesia. The book design and the material are also perfect and unique. I myself have family relationship with Indonesia, lived there for four years and travel a lot every year. But your book, still show me new sides of Indonesia, thank you very much for that.
I am very curious to see how your project will continue and of course for more photos, stories and books.
"Trenyuh" is a word in Javanese which equally means "moved", "happy" and "touched" to the depths of oneself. The self that we hide from the gaze of others. This is how I feel looking at the frames of your book.
It's like taking me home. It's as if I found my grandmother, my grandfather, my grandparents ... all the elders of my village that I love so much.
I know the village of Mojosongo in Boyolali where you took the photo of Mbah Warsinah. I had been there when I was in high school.
"Mbah" is also how I call my grandmother, and the elders of my village.
Thank you, thank you very much.
Hi Marius ... received my copy of the book this morning and have just finished the first section of your journey. The quality of the book is amazing but what strikes one immediately is the deep connection you have clearly made with your subjects ... these are very interactive pictures and we are seeing inside people, not looking at them. Quite remarkable... The eyes are mesmerizing... wow! I am deliberately stopping here for today so I can give each section the attention it deserves. Best David
Hello Marius. Just a note to let you know that the book arrived yesterday. It is by far, the most elegant and wonderful thing I have ever had. The pictures captured on these pages that show true life feelings and emotions, amazing. Thank you for composing it. I thank God for your talent and gift. Take care my friend. And again, thanks.
I received your wonderful book and read it from beginning to end. What an amazing journey! A book with stunning, beautiful and captivating photography. I loved to read your stories as I do here on IG, it makes your photos extra special. Huge congrats. Hanneke
Hello Marius, I had a wonderful birthday ansd the pics in your fotobook BEYOND warmed my soul and made my heart beat faster 💓. My heart is still beating for Indonesia and its warm-hearted people. They always have a smile inspite of their suffering. They are really unique. I am missing the indonesian warm hospitality.
Thank you very much for this extraordinary book and your great work, Marius.
It came today and it's an ADVENTURE I'm diving into it, savoring every image! Posting public, but just wanted to let you know how absolutely EXQUISITE this collection of your work is! Thank you!!!
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