pictures are additional

Seperti sudah sering saya ungkapkan dalam blog ini, bahwa saya pada dasarnya adalah pembosan. Teperangkap dalam rutinitas bisa jadi mimpi buruk bagi saya. Namun di sisi lain, saya juga pada dasarnya adalah pemalas. Saya tidak akan melakukan sesuatu hingga level di-bela-belain jika sesuatu itu tidak menarik buat saya, atau jika saya tidak memiliki kepentingan atas sesuatu tersebut, atau jika sesuatu itu tidak menyangkut orang-orang terdekat saya. I will not move, even an inch. 

Seperti halnya jogging, travelling, dan foto-memoto, semuanya itu saya lakukan selain karena saya suka, tapi juga karena itu bisa melarikan diri saya dari urusan pikir memikir yang memang jadi pekerjaan saya. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and not consider it as burden. Tapi untuk terus berpikir tanpa jeda juga akan membuat saya suntuk. Hence, saya merasa membutuhkan aktifitas-aktifitas semacam di atas sebagai penjeda.

Makanya, dalam jogging misalnya, walaupun saya suka, tapi saya belum sampai level bela-belain bangun subuh untuk pergi ke tempat race dan mengikuti lomba lari itu sampai finish –apalagi sampai menang! Gak terpikir sama sekali. Dan travelling juga demikian. Walaupun saya suka travelling, jalan-jalan, dan naik gunung, saya belum sampai pada level bela-belain bepergian sendirian ke tempat-tempat yang jauh. Bagi saya, yah, kalau ada waktu, ada dana, dan ada yang nemanin, saya pergi. Kalau nggak ada salah satunya, malas lah. Mendingan leyeh-leyeh di rumah. Bepergian sendirian –kecuali untuk urusan kerja– is a big no buat saya. Apa enaknya coba?

Nah, sekarang untuk urusan foto memoto yang memang saya akui sekarang ini sudah menjadi kebiasaan buat saya. Bukan hobby, tapi kebutuhan. Sehari pokoknya musti njepret at least satu foto. 

 

Dijepret saat saya sedang jogging bersama adik di GBK Senayan
 
Tapi lagi-lagi untuk urusan ini saya belum sampai level bela-belain belajar teknik fotografi. Terus terang saya malas mikir. Apperture, speed dan istilah-istilah fotografi lainnya lewat begitu saja dari kepala saya, nggak ada yang nyangkut sedikitpun, walaupun ada teman yang mengajari saya. 

 

Dijepret saat sedang menunggu bus di satu halte
 
Ada sih keinginan untuk pursuing ini secara lebih serius, terutama dikaitkan dengan studi akademik saya. Nanti, kalau saya berkepentingan dengan urusan studi, saya tau saya pasti akan bela-belain belajar fotografi. Tapi itu nanti, bukan sekarang.

Dalam aktifitas foto memoto ini saya tidak berniat menghasilkan foto dengan kualitas tertentu, atau tema tertentu, atau misi tertentu. Ya, apa yang saya lihat, saya temui, saya suka, dan hati serta pikiran saya clicked, ya saya foto. Bagaimana menampilkannya, dan akan disandingkan dengan apa –entah dengan cerita, entah dengan puisi, entah dengan apapun, ya itu hal lain lagi, tergantung mood dan ide yang muncul di kepala saja. Atau bahkan beberapa foto cuma tersimpan apik di hard disk tanpa saya beri perlakuan apapun. Suka-suka lah pokoknya.

 

Dijepret saat sedang berjalan menuju gerbong kereta, dalam perjalanan pulang
 
Makanya, kalau diajak teman untuk hunting foto, saya merasa kurang sreg. Saya nggak mau dibebani misi berburu seuatu, atau berpikir bagaimana menemukan sesuatu. Wong aktifitas ini untuk melarikan diri dari urusan pikir memikir kok. Dan makanya pula, foto-foto yang saya hasilkan dan saya tampilkan di media sosial pun hampir semuanya candid dan tidak direncanakan atau diatur-atur. Foto-foto itu saya ambil pas ketika saya naik kereta atau bus menuju kantor, sedang dalam perjalanan ke tempat tertentu, lewat daerah tertentu, atau pas lagi pergi makan-makan sama keluarga –misalnya. Memang untuk memungkinkan hal itu saya selalu membawa kamera, ya paling tidak kamera dari iphone.. hahhaa.. Dan sejak saya mulai senang dengan kamera analog, ke mana-mana saya membawa kamera analog tersebut, yang memang ukurannya kecil, nggak bulky, gak macem-macem dan gampang dibawa ke mana-mana.

 

Dijepret dari dalam mobil, saat sedang macet di satu jalan di Jakarta
 
Demikianlah perilaku amatiran saya ini, melakukan apa yang saya senangi, dengan cara yang saya senangi, pada waktu yang saya senangi –dan kadang tanpa tujuan sama sekali.

 

Dijepret saat habis makan siang bersama keluarga, di depan restoran
  
Dijepret sesaat setelah turun dari kereta, dalam perjalanan ke kantor
  
Dijepret saat menuju ATM di dekat kantor, menggunakan kamera analog
  
Dijepret dari dalam pesawat, sesaat sebelum taxiing, menggunakan kamera analog
  
Dijepret saat berjalan di jembatan penyeberangan, dalam perjalanan menuju lokasi pertemuan/meeting
  
Dijepret saat sedang window-shopping dengan teman, di satu mal di Jakarta
 
 

sunda kelapa from my eyes

I had been wanting to go to the traditional harbour of Sunda Kelapa, but plans made always failed. So when a friend who took me for a photowalk changed his mind about where he wanted to go, and got us to Sunda Kelapa instead, there was no reason for me to say no.

So there we went. The harbour in that late afternoon was pretty busy, with people loading and unloading things to and from the schooners. Yes, at this harbour it is the traditional wooden schooners dominated the scene. For centuries, Indonesian sailors and explorers had been known for their journeys around the globe.

The Bugis –from where my ancestors came, especially famous for this. They sailed using Phinisi Schooner. Not only they sailed all over the world, they also had been known for attaining lands in their destination, mostly by giving their services to the native lords in return for some piece of land, or by marrying the locals. That’s how the history tells. It’s not so surprising that in almost every region in Indonesia, or even in Southeast Asia, you can find any Kampung Bugis, or Bugis Village.

Back to Sunda Kelapa. After strolling along the long pier, we took a small boat and went down to waters around the harbour. The timing was perfect, as the sun was setting, it gave a good lighting.

So here below are some of my shots, using Hipstamatic app from my iPhone, set for random combo.

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life as hipstamatic

The first time I got so intimate with my iphone was in 2010 when I got to know Hipstamatic –a very cool photography application that is unbeatable until now, in my opinion. Got so addicted to it, I have bought all of its combos –the combination of lenses and films.

And what I like most about this app is that we can make a random combination of lense and film just by shaking our iphone. This random feature creates pictures that are surprising. Sometimes the results are cool, some are not, but I never editted it. Surprises are very much part of the fun. Besides, I like surprises. Life without surprises is boring, you know.

At first I just showed the results on my Facebook. But when Instagram came into the world of apps in 2010, and I soon became its early subscribers in October the same year, I put all my photos on my Instagram account eversince. And then my addiction became double –to Hipstamatic and to Instagram.

So here are some of my shots, taken on the streets of Manhattan, USA, using random hipstamatic.

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mount prau: another love story

This post is long overdue. I should have written it a couple of months ago, but you know, there have always been more urgent things to do, or in my case, more “urgent” things to share. Yeah, this is how my scattered mind works –always jumping from one thing to another. Anyway.

This trip was from last August. My friend and I have planned it long before. We wanted to go to Dieng to see the famous Dieng Festival –a cultural events celebrated by the highland people who live in Dieng Plateau in Central Java. Every year they conduct a kind of celebration during which people give offerings to their gods with hopes to be given back good harvests and fortune year.

Too bad we can not get the tickets to enter the festival, they have been sold out long before the date of the festival! So, we decided to just go hiking to a nearby mountain, Mount Prau. This time my friend took me to a backpacking trip. We joined an open-group trip organized by my friend’s friend. There were about 20 of us joining this trip.

From Jakarta, we took an economy-class train. Nowadays, economy train is as good as the higher-class train –with air condition, and proper seats. It is just the seat is not as comfortable as the executive class. Compared to 5 years ago, when the seat was not prearranged, and whenever the train stopped at any station, food sellers and basically anybody can get on the train making the trip uncomfortable and unsecured. The trip was from Kota Station in Jakarta to Purwekerto –a small town in Cetral Java. The trip took about 12 hours.

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Around 9 AM, we arrived in Purwokerto. To go to Dieng we took a bus ride for about 3-4 hours.

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By the time we arrived in Dieng, the area had been already full with people who would see the festival. Traffic jam was everywhere. We stayed at a home stay. It was a nice house owned by a very nice lady. All people in our group stayed there. After having lunch, we went to the Danau Warna. It is a beautiful lake –still had a strong sulphuric smell, and so many caves. This place is considered as a sacred place, where people doing meditation and seek for enlightenment.

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After visiting the lake area and having dinner, we came back to the home stay and took a rest. Some people went out to see the festival, but I preferred to get some sleep because we would start our hiking trip at 2 AM in the morning.

At 2 AM, we started our trip to Mount Prau. It was freezing cold, but fortunately the track was not so hard, although still, since it was quite a high mountain, the trip was also tiring. Because it was dark we couldn’t really see what was around us, or how the track was. At around 5 AM, we arrived at the place where we can see the beautiful sunrise. The location was near the tower of a phone provider. From here we saw how the sun slowly rose and replace the darkness with its golden light. Such a beauty! At first I thought this place was the peak of Mount Prau, but then I realized it was just half of the trip going to the real peak!

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When the sun fully shone, we continued our hiking trip to Mount Prau. We have to go up and down some hills. People called the track and the hills ‘The Teletubbies Hills’. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know, until now. The special things about hiking to Mt. Prau is that we can see the view of 5 different mountains that surround the Dieng Plateu. At one peak of a hill, we can see down the whole Dieng Plateu. And afar, we can see the peak of Mt. Slamet. At the time I was there, Mt. Slamet had been “coughing” a bit. Thank God, it didn’t affect the situation in Dieng and Mt. Prau.

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After several more hills, we arrived at the peak of Mt. Prau! It was signed with a plackard, showing its altitude. Too bad that people who camped in the area littered so much. My friends had planned that we would also do scavenging –took as much garbages as we could and brought them down from the mountain. It was really a pitty that many of us only wanted to just enjoy themselves of the beautiful view but too ignorance and stupid to litter, hence destroyed the beauty.

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And just like my feeling towards other mountains, there, again, I feel in love. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay longer there. One thing I promised myself, I must come there again next time; not only for scavenging, but really stay and camp up there.

life in analogue

It feels like I was thrown back to some 15-20 years ago when the word digital was not known — or if it was, it was only known to may be a handful of people. After being used to using digicam, specifically digi-mobilephone camera, now it has become hip again to use analogue camera.

I still remember my older brother and sister who joined phoography club when they were in high school, using SLR cameras. I also remember the time when I still used analogue camera when other people already used digital camera. An now I regret that I did not keep all my analogue camera carefully.

At that time I never worry that the result of my shots would be good or bad. Now, I do worry if my shots wil be failures. Hahaha..

In social media Instagram, there are a lot of youngsters –the ones in the age of 20s that are now shifting to use analogue camera. I can imagine, when the world was still in analogue mode, they may not have aware of the life yet, they even may not have been born yet. When they grow up and have realized about life, the world is already in digital. While I, like I wrote above, feel like going back to my past life.

So here are some of my shots, taken during my last trip, to Manhattan, New York City, last month. I used Olympus Trip AF30 pocket camera, and Fuji Film Superia 200 (2008 expired). To see more of my analogue photos, go here

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dirgahayu!

Today is Indonesia’s independence-day! Her birthday! I love Indonesia, my country, because she’s a Leo too, just like me. This year marks the 69th birthday of my beloved country! Yeiiiy..!!

Independence day is a big deal for us, Indonesian. Because for more than 350 years, our archipelago had been colonialized by several countries, such as the Portuguese in 16th century, the Dutch, and the Japanese. And even the Allied States who won the 2nd World War tried to grab our independence in the late 1940s. Our founding fathers had fought against the colonialist states and proclaimed our country’s independence on August 17, 1945 when we were under the Japanese authority. We Indonesians are proud that our independence is not given by the colonialist. We are proud, that we were not bowing to the colonialists. On the opposite, our founding fathers fought, and reclaimed our freedom. Not until the year 2000s the Dutch acknowledge our 1945-independence. They recognized our independence in 1949 as a result of a peace-deal between them and our freedom fighters. Our founding fathers said that we love peace, but we love freedom and independence more.

Besides the formal celebration, like flag-rising ceremony in many government offices and public schools, including in the state palace lead by our president, people celebrate the nation-state’s birthday with gatherings and also activities that will tighten the bonds amongs the brothers and sisters in society, especially in the neighborhoods. Usually the bonding activities are in the form of games –both for kids and adults.

One of the most famous games is ‘eating crackers’ game. This game is usually for kids. Several kids will stand in line and will race to eat the hanging crackers. The one that eat the most part of the cracker within a certain period of time will be the winner. Oh ya, in this game they are not allowed tonuse their hands to hold the crackers!

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The other famous game is ‘rice-bag jump’ race. So in this game, several people will get themselves into a rice-bag and then jump or run until the finish line.

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And the peak celebration by many communities is the ‘climbing the slippery beatlenut tree trunk’ race. Groups of people, mostly adult men, will try to climb a tree trunk that has been covered by oil or grease in order to get things or gifts that are hung on top of the trunk. This is the most favorite game because the diffilculty of fulfilling the task and usually we can see many funny acts or behaviors of people when trying to climb it.

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So those are only some example in how citizen and communities in Indonesia celebrate their country’s birthday. There are many other things done as well –depends on what the interests or hobbies of each people.

So, long live my country! Dirgahayu Indonesia!