I guess what I love about working with such minimal tool/equipment is that I can use it daily, that's the first reason. When I bought my Fuji Silvi 1000 for such a cheap price, what I thought at that time was it's a catch! I think one of the advantages of working with such minimal tool is that I only have two things to worry about: what to shoot and where to shoot? I had to say that because all I have to do is just shoot such objects, people (portraits) or shooting the streets. To mentioned that the Fuji Silvi 1000 is a pocket camera so I could take it everywhere with me and there's a saying that the best camera is the one that you carry everywhere with you. I applied it everyday and I almost take at least one camera with me in my bag. Sometimes with my SLR, TLR and some pocket cameras with me but this time around I prefer to bring my Canon FT or Canonet QL 17 GIII as these cameras gives me the options to shoot in every light condition. What can I say? Shooting makes me happy.
I think it was my curiosity that drives me from the beginning until now. I remember when I was a little boy, I saw my dad carrying his Canon AE-1 everywhere with him, and seeing that made me realized that that's what I wanted to do when I grow up. As a child, I love drawing and I love to draw everything but when my dad gave me his Canon AE-1 that's when it all started. I love photography as I want to document moments around me. It was simple at first. I shoot everything and I'll have my cameras everywhere. As I grew up as an individual and as my camera collection grew, changes happened here and there. At my early days I like to shoot spontaneously and now before shooting something, I just have to write something about it. It's not a highly-thought concept but just a plain thought like "When I shoot that person in the streets, what will be the story behind the photographs?", I mean those thoughts keep haunting me as I review my photography archives. I started since 2005 and now it's already 2015, I feel I just have to make something out of my images. But above it all, photography to me is like a habit. I do it routinely and almost shooting daily with my cameras. What I love about it is that it's a massive documentary about my life and everything around it such as my family, friends, loves ones and places I've traveled to. I mean I love travelling and maybe my photos from my travels are not as good as other photographers who's taking the same images as I do but photography for me is something personal, it's a gift for myself in the future, from myself from the past. There's feelings in it, some emotional ones too. Photograph is like a door as when you opened it, it'll take you straight to that moment in time, and the feelings/emotions in it. Maybe you will be happy or maybe you will be sad seeing a particular photograph. But that's photography, you freeze one moment from the past and see it, enjoying it in the present and remembering it in the future. That's photography for me, to document moments so I could remember things. To see how far we've come.
Perseverance! I remember that I only have one camera with me, yes I started with my Dad's camera. I'm lucky enough to experience that. As I said, the best camera is the camera you can carry everywhere. If you have one camera then use it well. Shoot everything that you like, create an image that relates to you as a human being. As you shoot often with that camera, you'll get used to it. The most important thing is (for me) what you shoot? Can you relate to that? How do you like the object? What are your feelings towards the object? Only you can answer those questions because you made a decision to shoot that object. Sometimes or more often, I get that kind of questions from curators who reviews my photographs, I think my reason is because the object relates to me on some level personally. I like to shoot people during my travels because I want to remember them as they are a part of the process and because I had the most interesting conversations with them. It's a matter of personal feeling at the end, I think you must think about what to shoot rather than concentrating on what you're using to shoot? Because at the end of the day, people will only notice your photographs, your work and not your camera.
Shooting makes me happy! There maybe changes in my work in recent years but I think the past is always influencing the future so I just have to say thank you for myself in the past who took images of everything. Currently, I decided to categorize my work per project so I could make a book or an exhibition out of it. I have to admit that I have 27,000 images in my photography archive, maybe a quarter of it defines me as a human being or not. I don't know? But in between of those numerous photographs, I found many blessings. I made (hopefully) peace with the past, content with the present and will fight for the future. There are many projects already under my pocket, hopefully I could finish them and execute them. At the moment, my friend and I are preparing for my first solo exhibition ever in my hometown, Bandung. I participated in many exhibitions in the past but preparing my first solo exhibition is nerve-racking but also fun. I have total control on many aspects regarding the exhibition. From what to print, where to print them, which one that will made it to the final cut and what medias are up to promote this exhibition, and to prepare the layout of the photographs, which a friend of mine help me with. It's fun but the hardest part of it is selecting the photos for the exhibition. I'm sharing this thought because I'm pretty sure we all experienced this kind of situation, for better or for worse this type of situation we'll stumbled upon us soon. So it's a great experience! Keep shooting as I always tell myself and I think that we have to do it. It's a photographer's thing, to go out and shoot. Whatever camera you're carrying, whatever film you're shooting with, just be sure to put yourself on it. Your images represents you as an artist, as a photographer but more importantly as a human being. You are what you shoot. Have fun and be curious!