Walking into a book store, you will find a plethora of books about Indonesia neatly displayed on the shelves. But, looking at those books more closely, you might find that most of them, especially in the photography section, are not written by Indonesians. This particular reason made Ebbie Vebri Adrian, an Indonesian nature lover and passionate photographer, leave his comfort zone in Yogyakarta nine years ago to embark on a mission to take pictures of the archipelago's aesthetic charms and cultural richness and document them in a book. Entitled 'Indonesia: A World of Treasures', hundreds of copies have been purchased via his social media account www.facebook.com/ebbie.adrian. The initial plan was to finish the book project in three years. With zero photography knowledge and background, Ebbie bought his first DSLR camera just before he started his journey in 2005. Little did he know at the time that his mission would take up to nine years to complete. He usually stayed in one region for months and visited the same spot several times to make sure he had captured the best of the place. “So far I have traveled to more than 2,000 destinations in Indonesia, collecting around 300,000 pictures. I could only put 1,300 pictures from around 1,000 destinations in 34 provinces into the book,” said Ebbie during the book launch on Monday. The very first destination he explored for the project was the city where he lived at the time, Yogyakarta in Central Java. With a new camera in his hand, he taught himself photography during the first year of his travels. In order to complete his extravagant mission, Ebbie had to take various risks and challenges, including getting involved in fistfights with local residents who demanded more than the previously agreed fee to pay for transportation or porter work. During his travels around Indonesia over nine years, Ebbie had his fair share of terrifying accidents and near-death experiences. He once had half-body cramps while swimming in the waters of Pink Beach, Komodo National Park and drifted into a sea trough in Sumbawa. Once his boat engine broke down before he reached the Wakatobi Islands in Sulawesi, forcing him to endure without food and with little drinking water for three days before a rescue team arrived to evacuate him. Fortunately, thanks to his persistence and unstoppable determination, those unfortunate events didn't stop him exploring and capturing more beautiful pictures of Indonesia and sharing them with the world. Not only that, he has also mastered the skills of photography and now frequently serves as a judge and keynote speaker in travel photography competitions and workshops such as the Canon Photo Marathon and Central Bangka Heritage Photo Contest. His profile has also been featured on several local TV stations. His brilliant eye-candy shots have attracted companies to appreciate and buy his photos as well, including big names such as Garuda Indonesia Airlines, Indofood and Teh Sosro. Interestingly, he decided to self-publish his book, which is claimed to be the first complete photography book about Indonesia authored by an Indonesian, with the first edition comprising 1,000 copies. Ebbie was the writer, editor, curator and layout editor of the book. Opening the first page of the book, you will immediately see a stunning picture of Mount Jayawijaya's Carstenz Peak in Papua. “If you notice, I intentionally started the book with pictures from Papua and ended it with Aceh, the westernmost part of the country. Naturally because the sun rises from the east and sets in the west and I wanted the book to start like that too. Politically because I want people to see the beauty of the eastern part of the archipelago first as it sometimes gets left behind,” Ebbie said. After the nine-year trip, Ebbie apparently is not done traveling yet. In the near future he has plans to explore Kalimantan and Sulawesi on his big motorcycle to capture pictures as well as produce documentary videos. The project is a follow-up to his solo tour with his motorcycle in 2012, where he explored from Java to East Nusa Tenggara, went up to Sulawesi and Borneo, and finally finished at his hometown in Pagar Alam, South Sumatra. In addition to that, Ebbie also has other big dreams to pursue. "I love hiking in mountains so my other ambition is to climb the seven summits [the highest mountains on the seven continents],” he said.