Finding peace amid the chaos

Monday, March 13, 2017



It was dawn when I set my foot on the first train aboard to the so called hidden gem of West Java
A total of 3 hours commuting get me into a peaceful sight of paddy fields and the mountain
But the beauty of its landscape slowly fades away by my work-related expectation
I was chased by my own time, thoughts, and efforts

Having lived in a fast paced city, wasting time gave me an uneasy feeling
It let me down to a sudden disappointment when all the plans were screwed up
While this happened, I found myself wanted to scream
But luckily my heart didn't let it happen

Instead, it reminded me to breathe for a second and enjoy a brief moment of revelation
It was when the sky turned into purple pink and I slept my way through the sound of cricket singing lullaby
The next day, Kathleen Collins' short story calmed me down
Before braving myself getting into the two wheels, followed by another three hours train ride back home




Behind The Lens: A Tropical Feast

Friday, March 3, 2017



The thing that always get me excited to collaborate with magazine is the opportunity to meet with people from different backgrounds, especially when I get a chance to shoot their humble abode with endless stories of where their inspiration comes from as a bonus. In this post, I'm sharing with you my thoughts behind a recent editorial work for ELLE Decoration Indonesia : Festive Issue. I usually update my works on my portfolio website: here, but I'm planning to share more stories/thoughts about works that I do more often here on the blog under Behind The Lens category, let me know what you think!

I believe that a home should be able to portray one's personality, it accommodates not only a shelter to live, but a sanctuary where you could feel alive even though you spend the rest of your day lazing around. This time, the journey brings me to a very lovely house belongs to Riana Bismarak. You could never guess that down in a narrow street of Kemang is where this tropical house situated, with so much open air, colours, and lush of greens.

I arrived early and spent the next hour getting to know the household before entering the shooting mode. This conversation is always a crucial moment for me since it will decide whether a shoot will go smoothly or not. Even though the main objective is to get some worthy photographs of how a festive moment should be celebrated, it really is not that simple. During those conversation, I got to know how she fight for her own dreams, after working for a long time in a corporate world, she left the job and lived in Bali for a few years before embark on an entrepreneurial journey in Jakarta. I strongly believe that as a photographer, especially with a scoop of work shooting lifestyle, it has to come natural to you to interact with people. Not for the sake of getting good photography, but for being inspired with people's stories.

Shooting at her home brings back all the memories of having a dream house when I was a little. I always get so thrilled whenever visiting bookstore flipping through beautiful pages of Interior books. Despite living in a big city since I was born, I do believe that I'm a really tropical girl at heart.



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

 

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