Memory and Photographic Skills
I don’t think I’ve ever completely understood why I fell in love with photography. But I do know what makes a good photo. It is one that will make you stop for a while; you will start thinking about it, question what it is that goes behind the artist’s mind when taking it, how it’s made and can I do the same?
Being a young photographer in Indonesia means having the responsibility to observe and keep up with the changes happening within the creative industry, partly due to technological advancement. The competition does get even tougher with the arrival of new photographers bringing new trends and ideas, but it surely challenges you to constantly offer something new to the table and become better.
What frustrates me the most is when some people easily proclaim themselves as professionals just because they have expensive cameras. Sometimes it can hurt the industry, especially when clients are misled into believing that good photographers simply require fancy cameras and equipment. I hope that in the future Indonesia can learn to not only respect photographic skills but also understand photography as an extraordinary art form. Most of the time I do fashion photography so I really see it from an aesthetic viewpoint. It’s important for me to capture the emotional and evocative aspects of the subject every time I take a picture. But whether it is fashion, street, war, documentary or even wildlife; photography for me is all about reliving those visual memories that people want to cherish forever. If a person looks at a picture and is immediately taken back to a certain time and place, then you know you’ve done a pretty successful job as a photographer.