J O H N B A R T O N

ᴘ ʜ ᴏ ᴛ ᴏ ɢ ʀ ᴀ ᴘ ʜ ᴇ ʀ ᴄᴜʀʀᴇɴᴛʟʏ ɪɴ ɪɴᴅᴏɴᴇsɪᴀ ᴊᴏʜɴ@ᴊᴏʜɴʙᴀʀᴛᴏɴ.ɴᴇᴛ.ᴀᴜ

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When you can feel your retinas sizzling but you just can't look away.

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Finless tropical slides - It's not often I get on the other side of the lens but when you have this much fun on a small tropical point break on a @tomwegenersurfboards, it's worth sharing. Photo cred to my mate and boat driver Tarsi.

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Relative heights.

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If refraction was explained to me like this in my physics textbooks, I might've actually passed an exam.

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Tropical daydreams.
@rhythm #rhythmlivin

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Normally, you'd need collagen to get lips this perfect.

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Rock, paper, scissors is our island law. It's sorts out all the serious life disputes - who pulls up the anchor, who gets the piece of extra chicken or in this case, who climbs for coconuts. It'd be like Lord of the Flies without it. #rhythmlivin #offthewellwornpath @rhythm

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Gratitude.

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A lofty view of an October playground. @pitstop_hill

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Moile-moile. This Mentawaian phrase has recently become a favourite of mine and loosely translates to 'move slowly' or 'slow down'. Not in a lazy way but in a relax, enjoy the present moment, everything in its right timing kinda way - something that's too easy to forget to do.

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Low season lights.

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Some days it's really hard to stay behind the lens and shoot. This was one of those days.

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It's been dumping heavy tropical rain on us for about a week straight out here in the Mentawai Islands. Howling winds have been whipping up the ocean to a state that's made for some very 'interesting' surf missions on the boats and we're starting to forget what the sun looks like. After a while though, you've just got to smile and try to enjoy what Mother Nature is throwing at you. Here's one of my boat drivers, @an_simaepa, trying to do just that.

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Watch a film, save a culture, win a surf trip. Behind the scenes of all my Mentawai imagery stands the beautifully rich and fragile culture of the Mentawai people. Almost a decade ago a close friend, Rob Henry - creator of @asworldsdivide, left behind his career in the corporate world to go and live with the local tribes in the Northern Mentawai islands to learn and document their unique culture. Now his film is complete and stands at the centre of an education program that's helping to keep this culture alive. It's a must watch! Link in the bio and more info in the second image. #wafsac

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Molten glass and fractured light.

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The age-old crime of barrel dodging. Got a mate who's guilty of it?

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Angry looking sky and a happy looking human.

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Front porch loungin' - Malilimok Village, Northern Mentawai Islands.

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Emerald elevation.

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From one of those days that's so good, you're actually bummed to see a beautiful sunset 'cause it means it's almost over.

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The battle between the light and the dark.

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Pumping big named spots with crowds or smaller corners of reef with just a couple of mates... what would you choose?

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Raisa is a local coconut farmer. He's from a village that's a 15 minute boat ride from our island but spends a lot of his time living here harvesting copra and often working as a porter to help us with our supplies. He speaks very little Indonesian and with my equally limited Bahasa Mentawai, our meetings are often restricted to a handshake and a simple greeting. Despite being intrigued by him, I still know very little about his life. It's another regular reminder about the many aspects of the unique culture out here in the Mentawai Islands.

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Back to my island home. @pitstop_hill

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You know you're flying over Indo when even from 30,000ft, you can see how glassy it is.

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Unbroken anticipation.

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Mexican moods

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A day in the shaping bay pretending to know what I'm doing. The beginnings of my new fish for Indo. Thanks @avilasurfboards and @tinopaccione for having me!

It's not often I post pictures of myself on this feed but if seeing more of my mug is your thing, hit up - @theotherjungle

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Solitary at sea level.

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Inside Indonesian shapes.

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