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Takengon the coffee producing village

Takengon the coffee producing village, photo essay by Muhammad Hidayat

It was Saturday, on a sunny afternoon in late 2017, with six of my friends traveling from Banda Aceh to one of the villages located in the Gayo highlands. According to the history of the Village this became the first choice of the Dutch for the experiment of planting a commodity called coffee after the entire Aceh land was successfully conquered in the past. But who would have thought, this village is now one of the largest coffee suppliers in Indonesia.

Takengon, so the village is called.

Takengon is located over 1200 meters above sea level. The average population depends on fishing from Lut Tawar fishing and coffee gardening. This is where I step aside to share time with my friends. Forget for a moment the usual boring day routines. Approximately twelve hours of time we spent here. Not long indeed. But there are many new things that we find. Enjoy the naturalness of a settlement within which is populated by the inhabitants who keep it strong.

Muhammad Hidayat

Muhammad Hidayat (b.1982) is a photographer living in Aceh, Indonesia. He has known photography since 2009 and started to explore it in early 2015. His work basically explores all psychological questions that have not been answered and searches for the deeper darkness of his soul. He has published one photo book independently called “The Sounds of Dream” and three zine photos. His works can be found through publications on BURN MAGAZINE, 121clicks.com, Street Photography Magazine and more.

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