Commission: Adhit & Ayya Couple Session

Adhit is one of my friends for life. It’s been 12 years of friendship and he’s more like a family to me. Recently, I offered him and his partner, Ayya, for a photo session. I am always into urban and street photography. On the other side, I am trying to explore my skill in portraying romanticism. Therefore, I want to combine those different elements into one. Gladly, Adhit and Ayya were very cooperative and we had a very fun photo shoot session in the streets of Jakarta.

It was an experiment to me. I have some experiences in taking couple and maternity shots before, but it’s always the conventional one. Those with romantic poses. They are totally fine. I like that too. Some people also prefer that style. Nothing wrong with it. This time, I want something different.

Lately, I am inspired by Jatidiri Ono (@byjatidiriono) and Govinda Rumi (@govindarumi). The way they capture pictures are unconventional and their deliveries give a dynamic and moody feels at the same time. The more I see their pictures, the more it motivates me to go out and shoot with my camera.

So, that’s it. Thanks to the street of Sabang and also Claypot Popo that serves a very tasty food. I hope Adhit and Ayya had a great time with the photo session and love the pictures as well.

Commission: Wily & Vivi Maternity Session

It’s been awhile since the last time I posted something here. (I’m afraid I always start my post with sentence like this). Anyway, recently I did a commission work for my friends, Wily and Vivi. They’re expecting their baby soon by the end of this February or in the beginning of March 2019. It’s quite cute though. I remember years ago when Wily was still approaching Vivi, which was not an easy process, but it turned out they ended up as an item. I’ve followed along their journey and it’s amazing that they will have a little baby very soon.

I’m glad I could be part of their joy by assisting them in getting a good documentation of the maternity time. Wily said, “It’s not my thing, but Vivi asked me for this. Well, gotta do what a man should do.” Yes, Wily is not a fan of getting himself photographed, but he knows that this is an important milestone for him and his wife as a family.

Even though we live in the same city, we don’t meet occasionally. We always keep in touch through group chat, but the last time I met him in person was last year. So, it took me by surprise when he reached me out and asked about this maternity shot. “Really, Wily? I never thought you want to do this kind of thing! Hahaha”. But they did.

Anyway, I hope you like the results of the quick photo shoot in the backyard. I personally kinda like it. You guys are cute couple! With a new family member coming soon, I hope they’ll grow as a happy family as always!

Playing with Lights and Shadows Around Juanda, Jakarta

If you’re looking for an alternative street photography site in Jakarta, try to stroll around Juanda area. One of the landmark of this area is the famous ‘Pasar Baru’. Usually, people go here for textile and fabric shopping.  There are two options for you. Come a little bit in the afternoon and you may get a crowded scenes that might looks interesting as you can capture the hustle of people spending their time scanning a lot of items available there. This time, I picked the other option. I went there early in the morning and had the empty and calm side of Pasar Baru, Juanda.

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I found out that Pasar Baru in the morning has several spots where you can play along with lights and shadows. Walking down the corridor of the market around 7 or 8 am, you may see how morning light intruding into the gaps of the buildings and creates a beautiful contrast. You may also search through some spots outside of the main corridor. Look at some small alleys in this area, wait until a vehicle or someone coming out or coming in, and you may get some great moments there.

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Try to take some walk outside of Pasar Baru. Maybe you want to try to take the route to the Juanda Train Station which is not really far from there. You can meet some street vendors along the way, a Starbucks Coffee with an old-school style architecture, the European style Antara News building, etc. So, a lot of things that you can get by strolling around Juanda. Want to try?

 

A Life Reflection from Railway Station

“If you think about it, sometimes life is like a railway station. People come and go all the time, but there are those people waiting for the same train with you. There are people that come along together heading to the same direction as you do. And at some point, there will come a time that your train will get to its final stop. Maybe, that’s only a transit trip before you continue your journey with another train. Maybe this time with different companies.”

– Jakarta, 10 December 2016

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Well, aside from trying to be philosophical about train and its station, I always love taking pictures in train station. In Jakarta, you can try to go to Manggarai Station and Jakarta Kota Station. Those two are my top picks if you ask me. I would totally recommend you to go here and try to do some photo hunting. But don’t look too visible with your camera because sometimes the station security officers are not really fan of photography. Up until now, I don’t really have a clear information whether or not it’s (formally) allowed to take pictures in the train station. But why not?

Update on 2017: It’s allowed to take pictures in train station as long as it’s not for commercial use. If it’s for commercial or professional purpose, you need permission to do so.

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Try to capture some night scenes to get some good light effects. For example, shoot the carriage from outside to get an interesting contrast. Also look at the architecture and pay attention to the leading lines. With the right angle, you can get some interesting shots here. Avoid commuting hour if you want to do street photography in the Jakarta Commuter Line. Try go above 8 pm. Empty look of the train or station can deliver some sentimental pictures. If you travel heading to Jakarta Kota, you may get some shots of empty train when everyone has gotten off from the train (because Jakarta Kota is the last station). On the other side, if you’re intention is to capture the hustle of people, then follow along the time of most people going to the office or going back home.

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