Jonathan Copeland was born and went to school in Belfast, Northern Ireland before going to London to study law at University College London. He practised law in two major law firms in the City of London for 25 years. Throughout that time he travelled to Southeast Asia on a yearly basis and developed a passion for Indonesian culture and a strong desire to understand it.
After retiring from the law, and with some brain cells still intact, he was able to spend more time in Bali, researching and photographing all aspects of Balinese culture. The fruits of that research appear in the best selling book Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World by Jonathan Copeland and Ni Wayan Murni published by Orchid Press in 2010 and in its second print run.
Jonathan is now an independent, freelance photographer and writer specializing in travel photography. He lives mostly in Bali, Thailand and England and travels extensively. He stays in Rye, East Sussex every year and has written the ebook Walking Tour of Rye, the Most Beautiful Town in England. He has also written the ebook The Bangkok Story, an Historical Guide to the Most Exciting City in the World, illustrated with over 400 photographs. Jonathan and Murni wrote the ebook From Tattoos to Textiles, Murni’s Guide to Asian Textiles, All You Need to Know … And More. He was one of the compilers of Forty Delicious Years, Murni’s Warung, Ubud, Bali, 1974-2014, From Toasted Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches to Balinese Smoked Duck.
He is currently working on more books and more ebooks.
Jonathan’s photographs have been published in magazines such as Garuda Indonesia in-flight magazine, Hello Bali, Ubud Live, and Bali and Beyond and newspapers such as the Jakarta Post, Bali Advertiser and The Times, Lombok.
He has contributed photographs to books, such as the ebook Murni’s Very Personal Guide to Ubud, Dancing Out of Bali by John Coast, Indonesian Food by Sri Owen, The Ethnomusicologists Cookbook edited by Sean Williams, Bali: The Ultimate Guide: to the World’s Most Spectacular Tropical Island by Linda Hoffman, and Bali Soul Journeys, Connections with the Heart and Soul of Bali by Clare McAlaney and Trish McNeill.
Videos are on www.murnis.com
Murni and Jonathan have a joint blog on www.murnis.com
Ni Wayan Murni was born in Penestanan, a few minutes’ walk from Ubud. As a very young girl, in the 1950s, she lived in Denpasar, selling breakfast snacks before she went to school.
During the 1960s she was back in Ubud, living with her mother in Ubud market, and learning the trade.
By the early 1970s she owned 4 shops on Sanur beach and had founded Murni’s Warung, her famous restaurant, in Campuan-Ubud, and was on the way to becoming one of the most famous people in Bali.
She built Murni’s Houses, accommodation for guests, and 3 shops in Ubud in the 1980s, and began to travel extensively.
Throughout the 1990s she developed and designed Murni’s Villas in a quiet village in the hills about 15-20 minutes’ outside Ubud.
During all this time she was busy collecting and becoming an expert on Asian antiques and textiles and many of them are to be found in Murni’s Warung Shop beside the restaurant. She is a member of the Thai Textile Society.
In 2007 and 2009 she exhibited part of her collection at the prestigious shows in San Francisco and gave a lecture on Balinese textiles to the AsianArts Council at the de Young Museum. The lecture was the seed around which Murni and Jonathan wrote the ebook From Tattoos to Textiles, Murni’s Guide to Asian Textiles, All You Need to Know … And More, which was published in 2013. It is illustrated with examples from Murni’s own collection.
Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World by Jonathan Copeland and Ni Wayan Murni was published in 2010 and is in its second print run andis available as an ebook
Murni’s Very Personal Guide to Ubud by Ni Wayan Murni and photographs by Jonathan Copeland was published in October 2011 and is available as an ebook on http://www.murnis.com, Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Murni’s Warung Forty Delicious Years, Murni’s Warung, Ubud, Bali, 1974-2014, From Toasted Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches to Balinese Smoked Duck was published in 2014.
Her latest venture, Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses, is intended to bring all these aspects of Balinese art, luxury, and culture together in one healing experience. It is vey popular and gets great reviews on Trip Advisor.