At 38 years old, Pasaribu has been documenting rural areas of Indonesia since September 2019—a hobby that is easy to maintain alongside his field work in geology.
After documenting many tribes and cultural heritages throughout Indonesia, Pasaribu said he found the blue-eyed tribe strikingly unique and inspiring.
“Blue eyes are unique and beautiful and they are my inspiration,” he said. “Blue is the favorite eye color for me.”
Pasaribu’s Instagram followers seem persuaded by his work. His pictures have generated tens of thousands of likes and comments from admirers.
As unbelievable as it may be to some, the blue eye color is very real.
The rainforest-covered Buton Island is the 19th-largest island of Indonesia and home to the Buton people, which includes several smaller tribes.
Waardenburg syndrome affects some of these tribespeople, leaving them with an extremely rare combination of bright ocean-blue eyes and russet skin.
The syndrome, which affects an estimated 1 out of 42,000 people, can also cause bright-blue eyes, two different-colored eyes, and in some cases, lighter patches of hair or skin.
The result is a striking, beautiful contrast in color.