Since its inception in Florence in 1946, for most people Vespa is nothing sort of extraordinary. But for some, Vespa is an impeccable way of life.
In many cities in Indonesia, a unique form of Vespa community thrives: Extreme Vespa. Like emerging from Mad Max movies, the riders—mostly are youngsters in their early twenties—wander around the country riding scooters which often looked too weird not only for outsiders, but also for people within the greater Indonesian Vespa scenes. Some scooters have more than twenty tires attached to them. Some are adorned with bu alo skeleton, electrical pole, bamboos, fake gattling gun, or anything the riders could scrape along the road. Some of the riders even go further by rebuilding their Vespa out of a tree, or turn it into a DIY four-wheeler. For them, creativity has no limit and the original Vespa is merely just a starting point.
Metalheads, punks, and Rastafarians are among the die-hard fans of this customized scooters. In con- trast to the idea these scooterist are escaping from life’s harsh reality, they simply love living on the road and navigate a vast country on the saddle. And it seems they can’t get enough of it. This on-going series captures an insight into the community.
Muhammad Fadli is a Sumatran-born Indonesian photographer based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Note from Calin Kruse: In August and September, I had the honour to work in Malaysia and Burma with young photographers from South-East Asia. dienacht Publishing published the book “we will have been young”, showcasing twelve young photographers from eight South-East Asian countries, which developed a body of work related to “Youth” over the past eleven months under the supervision of the tutors Jörg Brüggemann and Tobias Kruse from the Ostkreuz Agency, and with the support of the Goethe Institut in Kuala Lumpur. In Burma, I curated a photobook exhibition and run a photobook workshop. In my posts over the next few weeks, I would like to feature a few portfolios from South-East Asian photographers and show an inside view of my work there.