Analog Diary : Tanjung Puting National Park

Wednesday, February 8, 2017



Earlier today, I was browsing through an old archive from a trip to the home of orang-utans in Tanjung Putting National Park, Borneo a few years ago to support a blogpost material I wrote for ILL: link. I thought it would be nice to share these photos here on the blog, as it sure brings back all the good memories of my first part time gig at this digital agency. It was an eye opening experience seeing orang utans in their natural habitat without being threatened by giant corporate who burned down the forest to get palm oils. 

Looking back now, I feel really lucky to be given the opportunity to work and earned a living from my passion. With a bonus of exploring hidden treasure in my own country. I dearly hope the upcoming journey will lead me into more adventures like this :)





Embracing Uncertainity

Sunday, January 29, 2017



“It sounds paradoxical, but uncertainty and vulnerability are your guides through this soggy life you’re living." - Heather Havrilesky
Some of you might have known that I take photograph for a living, but not so many people know this personal story of mine, that I was working an almost full-time job while still juggle on photography projects here and there. And today, I just feel like sharing it with whoever reading this blog right now. Since my college days, I didn't really have the luxury to go out with friends after class, let alone hanging out around campus after lunch time. Besides studying, most of my time will be spent working a part time job as a writer at a digital agency. I never regret it at first, since it gave me all the opportunities to meet amazing colleagues who turned into friends, a chance to travel, share stories with people, and gained a practical knowledge about creative industry business.

Entering the last semester of my university, I went out from that job to try a different path. I remained jobless for around 4 months, got a photo assignment for an international publication covering stories of Batik in Solo, before applying for another part time job at Indoestri, a makerspace with Self Made spirit which surprisingly was only 10 minutes away from where I lived. It was since the end of 2014 and here I am right now. 

I've been working for almost 3 years now since the early development of Indoestri Makerspace who had contributed such a very strong handcrafting movement amongst youth and entrepreneurs in Indonesia. I was responsible for their content, which also involves PR & Business Development strategies. Over the years, I always knew that photography and storytelling are two of my core strengths. In any kind of job that I've taken, these two are inseparable. I've also met some of the very genuine and passionate people while working there, who I can rely on to exchange both creative ideas as well as the personal ones. For that fact, I'm forever thankful.

It's always in the hardest moments when being courageous to stand on our two feet might become the best option, to move forward and embracing the unknown. Changes are scary, but one thing I know for sure is that good things take time and it won't just fall into the right place altogether. I'll allow myself to embrace the process, to keep doing what I love the most, helping people craft their stories through photography. 

Dear future self, if you're reading this, things might or might not fall into the right place just yet. But I salute your bravery to take the first step to do things that feel right to the heart, even before seeing the whole staircase. I'm writing this post before embarking on a full-time freelance journey starting next month, leaving a job with stable income and the most wonderful people who I called as my second family. It's been real and I'm forever grateful for this chance of a lifetime. Thank you for making me who I am today, you guys know who you are.

Jakarta, 29 January 2017
9:05 PM with a hot chocolate and Sufjan Stevens playlist

Analog Diary : Pulau Seram, Maluku

Friday, January 13, 2017



I almost forgot how I like being surrounded by open air and the sea until we took our year-end trip to the long forgotten island, Pulau Seram, Maluku. It was my first experience crossing island in the Banda Sea that most of the time gave me chills. Since I always treasure my time on the road, I couldn't think of any ideal situation for a 2-hour boat ride than to enjoy it on the front deck. Our journey started from Tulehu to Amahai, and another 3-hour road trip until we reach Desa Saleman to the so-called Maldives of Indonesia, Ora Beach.

I'm sharing with you some of my favorite photos taken with the film during the trip and if you feel like reading longer stories and insights (how to get there, what to explore, etc), kindly head to this link: here where I contributed a post for I Like Local.



Taking a smaller boat from Saleman Village to Ora Beach. The nature and color of Maluku simply remind me of a beautiful landscape that we often find in our history book about Indonesia. As much as I hate the very hot weather, I can definitely get used to this kind of view of hills and the sea which perfectly aligns together.



Mata Air Belanda, a natural phenomenon of a crazy clear river which comes from a spring that flows right to the beach. Surrounded by a lush of greens and sound of forest birds chirping, it felt like I was in the middle of Amazon, or nowhere to be exact!



Locals and their daily activities at the floating village, Sawai.  From the moment we arrived, I was greeted by happy kids playing with used plastic glass, locals busy doing their laundry and a kid taking his morning bath in the river. I can honestly say that the locals here are blessed by the spring.




Morning light at Saleman Village. The last two photos from my last roll of film before we headed back to Ambon to catch our evening flight. The last one was a shot of a public elementary school. Thank you Maluku for reminding me of how beautiful my country and people are.


Cheers,
Fransisca Angela

Travelogue : 2016 in Review

Sunday, December 25, 2016



First of all, I'm ecstatic having just finished a new look for this blog. Making sure to modify things here and there was absolutely time-consuming (phew). It finally has a full-width photo page (which I really like), editorial look layout, a proper about page, and a newsletter button which you can find on the sidebar. Such a right timing to accompany my mandatory yearly travelogue post: Travelogue 2014, Travelogue 2015

2016 has been a year full of both good and bad surprises, but the biggest lessons of the year are definitely to accept things as it is and learn that we cannot control everything. It's been great with all the travels, challenges, new friends, and opportunities. I'm truly thankful and look forward to another new journey next year.

For this year's travelogue, I'm using The Moon Lists project as a reference to write down some memories during the trip in a particular place. I'll highlight each of the places with a few keywords of interest. Making it easier for me to remember things and a more pleasant way for you to read my stories.

As the author said, "I have found it interestingly difficult to remember what has happened in the near past; consider the idea a sort of checking in with how time is spent, recalled, reflected on."

Travelogue hint: Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, (my extended birthday trip to) the Czech Republic, and Sukabumi.
Enjoy this last post of the year and hope you have a wonderful time with family and loved ones!

 

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