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.



 

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