Jakarta Days from Pluitt CBD

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Comments (11)

MarekEwjanStachowski on September 18, 2010
  • very nice picture
  • I like it
  • greetings from Poland :)
Ian Stehbens on September 19, 2010

Hello Marek,

Jakarta is a difficult city to photograph because of the polluted air - much of the particulate matter is volcanic dust. But I am glad you appreciate this landscape view of its northern suburbs.

Greetings from Tonga (currently)


Maja Weidemueller on September 21, 2010

Dear Ian, don't many ~ if not all ~ cities of this size have to fight with air pollution? The price of our modern times and much more.... but I love your photo, looks like early morning, you feel the rhythm of the city and its expectations to yet another thrilling day....

Love to Tonga dear friend ~ Maja ~~~~~~~~~~

Ian Stehbens on September 25, 2010

Greetings dear Maja.

One cannot see the high rise buildings except in the morning. The airpollution of all large cities is significnat but Jakarta has to also live with the SE airflow bringing the dust of Central and West Java volcanoes their way, so it does smother in particulate matter often!


ƤōƝƓ on September 25, 2010

Unbelievably smoggy....this is despite it's proximity to the sea. That means its air quality is much worse than that of already polluted BKK. I can't imagine if Jakarta were located in a valley. LIKEd

Ian Stehbens on September 27, 2010

And this was in the early morning - as clear as it got that month! Jakarta and BKK are pretty much on a par, in my experiencethough Jakarta has the disadvantage of volcanic dust to contend with when the air drifts from the SE.

I guess it looks a lot like BKK in this view?



ƤōƝƓ on September 27, 2010

Hi Ian, in my opinion as a Bangkokian myself, I sometimes can't tell the difference among Bangkok, Manila, and Jakarta or among Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia, if there are no Buddhist temples, churches, and mosques in the skylines of these countries. They look equally chaotic with pollution and social problems, as well as political and economic crises happening once every decade or two.

ah-pong from Thailand

Ian Stehbens on September 27, 2010

Hi Ah-Pong,

As you are a local resident it is good to have you confirm my opinion! Perhaps the exception is the frequency of political conflicts, for Indonesia hasn't had to wait 20 years between political conflicts. And yes the religious elements of the landscape are one of the great differences between the 3 cities you name.



Bakos ART on July 11, 2013

uhh, put the gas masks on..., great shot

Ismail Husen on February 23, 2015

may I use your photos to put in my presentation ? because my essay about air pollution in jakarta ? your photo is very awesome because your photo is fact


Peacebuilders Intern… on February 24, 2015


Yes, Ismail you may use this in your presentation. I often have watched the pollution drift in from the volcanoes and smother Jakarta, and at other time Jakarta seems to smother in its own humid bubble of still air filled with exhaust smoke!

Hope your presentation goes well. Thanks for the courtesy of asking.


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Photo taken in North Jakarta, North Jakarta City, Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia

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