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Each photograph Salva López took of the beaches of Bali and the lush greenery of Komodo sparked memories of days spent sailing and snorkelling, and indulging in massages and seaside naps, while island-hopping in southern Indonesia with his partner. But beneath the calm surface of these idyllic snapshots, there’s a strong emotional current: López and his partner broke up just a few months later. After revisiting Komodo on his own, the artist realized that there is a resiliency to memories of exploration and wonder. “I still often imagine sailing in search of the famous Komodo dragons,” he says. “It was a time when I felt true happiness.”
 

Salva López snorkelling at Manta Point, Bali

The photographer snorkelling at Manta Point, Bali.
 

Aboard a boat in Komodo

Aboard a boat in Komodo.
 

Salva López’s ex-girlfriend, sailing

The photographer’s ex-girlfriend, sailing past the Komodo archipelago.
 

Water watching

Watching the water on a boat in Komodo.
 

Komodo dragon, Rinca Island

Dragon-spotting on Rinca Island.
 

Woman with suntan, Labuan Bajo

Out of the sun, in Labuan Bajo.
 

Kanawa Island window view

Kanawa Island, from the window.
 

A papaya tree, Kanawa Island

A papaya tree on Kanawa Island.
 

Palm tree, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali

Palm tree at Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali.
 

Manta ray, Manta Point

A manta ray at Manta Point in Komodo.

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BALI     INDONESIA     KOMODO ISLAND     PHOTO FEATURE