Breathing deeply then heaved oxygen slowly, among the breeze that slapped the face slowly and smoothly. Instantly I tried to touch the warm ground, then looked at the blue sky. Opening the tradition of migration which is now better known as one word ‘Traveling’, armed with an ideology to continue to uphold the sky, as well as the earth where it rests.
Feeling the cold flow of river water in the countryside made my dream come true.
Music by Sape Dayak Instrument
It was realized, in the sense that I had touched water even though I still didn’t wake up from a dream. Because it is true that my dream to have the opportunity to set foot on Borneo is not a dream, that day was where I was in the traditional village of the Dayak Bidayuh tribe in Mongkos, Sarawak, Malaysia on September 02, 2019.
The trip was part of my 12-day trip on earth ‘Borneo’ in the coordinates of the country of Malaysia. Do not forget to thank National Geographic Asia and Temasekseen for appreciating my photo as the choice of judges, Bojan Prakash and Laurel Chor in the environmental category and the topic ‘Shoot4Sustainability’ 2019 in Singapore.
Talking about the background of the photo story that won the Grand Prize Winner, is one moment as part of an ongoing photo story. Where I tried to literate two-dimensional visuals and correlate them with human testimonies from history recorded by the Single Lense Reflex (SLR) camera system. The visual opens the story which presents a testimony from the conflict of endemic animals, that orangutans and humans due to the management of natural heritage which is less serious.
The testimony tells of the journey of an orangutan baby who lost his parents and habitat as a result of the sporadic degradation of forest areas into oil palm plantations in the Gunung Leuser National Park. Armed with mapping or observations I use satellite imagery data as imagery of Google Earth. It was explained, it was observed that there was a brownish area between the green in the Gunung Leuser National Park area or outside the land use rights boundary.
Knowing that, I re-checked using the GPS-Satellite Hardware tool to confirm the brown coordinates. It is known in fact, that the land which was once protested by the community eventually continued to operate even within the boundaries of the protected area. This reflects my image of the events of 2006 in the event of a flash flood disaster which claimed hundreds of lives in Aceh Tamiang, Aceh, Indonesia. It can be listened to that factored by the geographic nature of nature itself, including due to mass deforestation of tropical rain-forest or ‘human-error’.
Observing, the thought of a community leader and also a farmer group then explained that the natural selection cycle occurs once every 10 years. Where the time count is the inheritance of the ‘Intangible-culture’ of the original tribe ancestors as observations hundreds of years ago. So, we are together aware and look back at a wider range of potential impacts that occur as prevention efforts.
Until, a piece of information surprised me again that there was an orangutan baby that was made as a pet who was active in a house, found that I finally gave the news to get the process of saving orangutans.
Five hours later, the orangutan was finally able to take the evacuation route from persuasive communication to carers, which was supported by the local government, then coordinated with the Orangutan Information Center (OIC) to undergo rehabilitation and reintroduction by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP).
Then in the process of two years, the baby orangutan orphan who was addressed by veterinarians, Leo was finally able to move to their natural habitat, the lap of ‘Mother Nature’. And after undergoing a process of reintroduction in the Jantho Forest in a few weeks, Leo was able to live wild back to the tropical rain forest as his natural habitat.
Closing the story with a solution, is the momentum where I step back lightly through the next testimony through photography and story telling. It is an important point as the delivery value is based on the intention to not only dwell on the problem, but also hope to inspire through cooperative visual literacy in the direction of change.
Borneo Is Heaven
Because of an understanding, that I took this story not only for myself, of course I will share through visual literacy as an explanation of the value of the ‘XII Days In Wildlife Heaven – Borneo’ story.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world as it is the most unique place on planet earth with an area of 750,000 square kilometers, covered by tropical forest and also complex coral reef systems along the coast.
It is home or native habitat filled with biodiversity, a natural shelter for an extraordinary variety of wildlife, especially Bird.
And Hornbill is one of 400 species of birds which living inside the area. Hornbill borned with unique characteristic, then used as the philosophy of Dayak Bidayuh as the other one of indigenous people of Borneo.
As the side of geological history, about the nature reserve, researchers explained that 40-20 million years ago there was a layer of sedimentary rock or limestone with a thickness of 1,500 m (4,900 ft).
In the geologically, the layer is formed from compressed sea shells, then developed in a structure created by coral reefs, then a shift in the tectonic plates of Asia and Australia caused the earth’s crust to bend and become high ground, called by Borneo island.
Borneo was built from Pacific ring of fire activities, but it was far from the coordinates of the fourth tectonic plates line prone zone, that’s are Asia, Australia, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific as the ring of fire.
Because that reason, Borneo is relatively safe from geology disasters.
My question are what this means if Borneo land inside the sea level before? Or that’s mean, if Borneo under the sea before 40 million years ago? Sea level at above 3,000ft for now?
In this point, I try to suggesting many researcher to commenting of this question. Please joint to internal communication via official email.
Photo by Sutanta Aditya supported by Shoot For Sustainability Photo Awards, National Geographic Asia & Temasekseen