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Benang Id new collections

Ah, finally I have finished the photoshoot on time. For the  second time I collaborated with my daughter for Benang.id new collections. I must say work with my daughter as a model not as easy as you could imagine. She can be so pain in the ass sometimes. Since she knows that I am the photographer and mostly we do our shoot at the studio at home. So you could imagine she must be thinking that we are more having fun than working. Well, actually to be honest we did. I found so difficult sometimes to convinces her that this is my work. However I still expect her to be acting as a professional model. Whatever it is , once you set the commitment whether you only do it for fun or commercial you have to show that you are taking the job seriously. I totally understand if she keeps reminding me that the modelling is not her path that she wants to do for her future. Although with her natural talent in front of camera I wish she will realised that she capable to start modelling anytime this age. But seem modelling is not her interest at all. She rather picks soccer, rugby or painting for her passion. I am, my self can not pursue her happiness but she can. She seem already knows what she wants. At the moment her priority still studying to become a journalist, plays soccer with friends or sometimes does some painting at her own sanctuary (her room). Some of her dramatic painting is now hung in my studio and my parents house.

Here are the shots that we did it together as model and photographer. As you see here we actually a solid team work. Didn’t see you that?  Yes finally the shoot is over. Phew … did you know during this photo shoot she was busy munching some donuts that my clients had brought 🙂

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A Portrait of her

I first met Chelsea Islan at an exhibition of Estu Susanto’s work. Frankly, my first impressions were that she was a smart and very friendly person with a fabulous complexion that I really wanted to photograph!  We talked about her acting and her latest movie, Street Society (already showing at Indonesian’s cinemas). She also shared with me her thoughts of what’s new in Jakarta; much appreciated, as I have only been back in Jakarta a few months. Then a few weeks later we bumped into each other again in Starbucks and we made an arrangement for a photo shoot at my studio.

During our session she was simply great and provided some really stimulating ideas. I loved her look and her expression. Here are some of the images, I tried to created a vintage look which I then edited with soft colours.  With her modelling skills and talents I have no doubt that Chelsea’s presence in the Indonesian film industry will be a long one. Thank you for my make up artist friend, Jasmine who helped me during the session.

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Model Chelsea Islan

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Glamour look

Oh gosh, I feel bad that I have been neglecting my blog for weeks. I guess it is not right for me to say that I was too busy to keep my blog up to date. I should have managed my time better and put more effort into uploading my latest work. Anyway, I’m sorry and here is some of my recent work – some glamour shots that I worked with Santi Sutedja (a make up artist) and Yunidithia (the beautiful model).

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Portfolio

Here are a few shots that I took for my make-up artist friend, Ayu Ariyadi, who need to build up her portfolio. This time I asked my daughter to be our model. Camille was easy to direct  – apparently my camera loves her and she had fun in front of the camera! Here are some of the shots …

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Photography workshop

Recently I attended photography workshops in Jakarta and Bali. The good thing about joining these workshops was the  opportunity I got to meet other photographers both amateur and professional, and to get information from other photographers who have most probably been in the business for a long time. This forum is ideal to learn new techniques from other photographers and to discuss their photographs and those of other photographer. I believe that photographs are not good or bad so I try to avoid making judgements about any photograph I see.  Sometimes it depends how people see the photograph and interpret it in their mind’s eye. I am sure if people understand or appreciate a photograph you have taken, it means that you have delivered a message well through your lens.

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Commercial, Glamour, People

Batik and silver touch

Many thanks to my dear and inspiring friends who were involved in this project, Larissa Duliar from Larissa Duliar’s Collection, Soraya from Joyce Spiro Jewellery, for the fantastic make-up, Ayu Aryadi and Jasmine Kaligis, and last two but not least, our gorgeous models Linda Nirmala and Ditya Aldi Amir. Without these friends my project would not have been successful. A million thanks too to Hannisa Erwin (check her work in Hanirana Collection) for her contribution that helped the session go so well. Here’s the photos……..

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Model : Ditya , Make up by : Ayu Ariyadi
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Model : Linda Nirmala,   Make up by : Jasmine Kaligis
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Notes about batik

Batik is an ancient craft dating back at least 2,000 years. There is archaeological evidence of it in Egypt, Persia, India, China and Japan. It is believe that the first batik cloths in Indonesian derived from migrant influences in the 7th – 8th century AD. Especially in Java, a simple processing method called paster batik was developed. A starch paste resist was applied with stick and brushes to coarse cotton cloth or wooden fibres, resulting in material called “kain sambut”. The paste was made from cooked rice flour or fine crushed peanut mixed with lime. During the 12th-14th century, under the Majapahit empire, batik was developed with more sophistication, using beeswax mixed with resin to replace the rice flour paste. By the 14th century, the canting (pron “chun-thing”) came into common use. This is a light and thin copper tube mounted on a bamboo handle. The tube is dipped constantly into the hot wax to be applied with more precision and delicacy and allowing a serious of dots and lines to be applied. The term batik, which is thought to arise from the Indonesian word “bertitik”, (having dots), now became the normal terminology for the process.

Batik came to be worn not only as a sarong skirt, but also to cover the upper body, especially for women’s clothing. The traditional “selendang” (shawl or stole) was developed, and apart from its decorative purpose, was often used from many carrying purposes. At the same time, a long-sleeved batik bloused, known as kebaya, became the normal costume for Javanese women. The kebaya ranges in length from mid-hip to knee-lenght. Early kebayas showed a Chinese influence and had a high Chinese collar. Later European influence let to the addition of lace and other embroidered materials. (this article was taken from “Notes about Batik”, by Isti Monfries).

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Portrait of the beauty

This is what happen when a bunch of photographers and some models met. Not only was it a great opportunity for collaboration but and it turned out a great opportunity for all to create some great photographs. It’s always exciting to meet new people with the same interest, to share ideas and to test creativity.  By the end of the session I felt really lucky to have had the opportunity to photograph these incredible models.  It was great to be surrounded by so many beautiful and caring people.   Here are a few of my favourite images from the session.

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Partner in crime

I could not hide my excitement when I met Ira and Rena for this glamour shoot. Especially when I met Ira – it was like meeting an old friend as we both so interested in fashion. As you may know, Ira is a well known Indonesian model.  I still remember her face being on the cover of a teenage magazine (MODE). I was also surprised with Rena as she had lots of ideas for shots.  Although she is not a model, her expressions really did indicate that she has that talent. Here’s the photographs…..
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Dance like no one’s watching

Go on get you groove on
dance like no one’s watching
there’s no need to
be shy dance dance dance there’s nothing stopping you.

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