Rio Helmi, one of Bali’s originals

Many things come to mind when you try to explain who Rio Helmi is—photographer, expat, Buddhist, biker, writer, moderator, gallery and coffee shop owner are just a few of them.

The son of an Indonesian father and a Turkish mother, Rio has lived in Bali close to four decades and is probably one of the best-known expats around. Like no other, Rio has documented the breath-taking nature, the life on the island— from everyday moments to big ceremonies—capturing the stunning beauty of Bali but not hesitating to show the results transition of the last decades have produced. His keen eye and the almost uncanny ability to know just when to push the shutter button has resulted in an amazing body of work, shown in many magazines around the world, documentaries, solo exhibitions, more than 20 large format photographic books as well as in his gallery in Ubud.

rio-portraitdhrmsl1If you would like to explore the work of this exceptional artist, an easy way would be to start following his Instagram account @riohelmi. Here you will find amazing pictures to keep your memories of our beautiful island alive or to inspire you for your next visit. Other good places are his websites www.riohelmi.com and www.ubudnowandthen.com. And when in Bali, make sure to visit his gallery. Who knows, you might even meet Rio there, having a break in the adjacent coffee shop!

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