Andrés Vanegas Canosa seorang pekerja foto lepas yang ternyata seorang lawyer untuk UN Office on Drugs and Crime headquarters in Vienna dan Microfinance Foundation BBVA di Madrid. Mengunjungi Kawah Ijen dan mengemasnya dalam 20 frame foto essay yang mungkin bisa kita jadikan refrensi fotografi. Berikut 20 foto yang ia dapatkan saat mengunjungi Kawah Ijen,
3. Sulfur baskets
A miner organizes the baskets on one of the trucks before the procession continues up the mountain.
A miner gets ready to board the truck. 20 minutes till destination.
5. Above the crater
It’s already 7:30 by the time they reach the trailhead, from where it’s another 4km to reach the summit of Ijen’s crater. The miners cover this distance walking as fast as they can, carrying their empty bamboo baskets with them.
6. Early start
Some miners sleep on the volcano so they can wake up early and make three sulfur runs down into the volcano and back. Here, it's not yet 8 in the morning and miners are already emerging from the heart of Ijen.
7. View from the top
Once at the top, they are met by a breathtaking view, some consolation for the long trip. Sulfur smoke fills the air. Depending on the wind’s direction, one can see a magnificent cerulean lake resting in the heart of the crater.
Miners scramble from the bottom of the crater to its rim, a 1km trek. Breathing is difficult, and each basket has an average weight of 80kg (175lbs).
The authorities ("Police") at the Ijen trailhead lie to tourists, telling them each miner makes 600,000 rupiah (62 US dollars) a day, and that their workload and the carrying itself is not too burdensome or harmful in any way.
On their way down, the miners stop so tourists can take pictures of them. They ask for a small fee per picture taken. Some tourists refuse. It’s worth a try -- such an easy chance for money compared to the hard day’s work.
Pria yang dapat dipanggil Andy ini,, mengatakan dalam satu percakapan dalam bahasa Inggris tentang perjalanannya menuju Kawah Ijen. Berikut penjelasaanya mengenai Kawah Ijen,
"I had heard about the sulfur miners of Ijen before I arrived in Banyuwangi, a town on the eastern edge of the island of Java. Not many tourists visit this town, and finding information in English was tough. Some people told me access to the mountain was closed. Others knew nothing about what went on there, even though the volcano rose right behind their homes. Buses did not run there, and taxis were expensive.
So the next morning, I set out hitchhiking. A girl on a motorbike left me at an intersection close to the volcano: “Wait here, a truck will come with all the miners,” she said. After 15 minutes, the vehicle arrived. I boarded the truck with the miners, and we traversed the east face of the volcano.
My expectation was that the place would not be touristy at all. I was wrong. After we arrived at the trailhead, tourists seemed to be everywhere. They had come up the west face, paying a significant amount of money for the opportunity."
Tapi ia sendiri mengatakaan belum beruntung untuk melihat blue-fire yang sangat fenomenal itu. Dalam hati saya sempat mbatin, "Samma Bung!"
Saya hanya tersenyum, kemudian mengajaknya untuk turun kawah bersama rombongan kami yang sudah terlebih dahulu berjalan di depan kami. Mungkin lain kali kami akan mengunjungi Kawah Ijen dan melihat fenomena blue-fire yang fenomena itu..