Your mystical, dark photography captured my attention. Is there an underlying theme in your work? What message would you like to communicate through your photography?
I call my photographic theme NOIR. I want to convey the other side of life that is not always as we want it. I want to display imagery from contrasting sides and show a more humanistic reality. In some of my work you will view mystical impression, but on a more dreary, precise level of reality. I want to express the imperfections of life so that we can learn to become more grateful for our circumstances and understand that dark times are also meaningful.
You reside in Indonesia surrounded by a diverse cultural backdrop. Does your cultural heritage have an impact on your work?
With various diverse cultural backgrounds around me, of course, there are some things that really affect me. There are some memorable cultural heritage moments for me, so this impacts some aspects of my work. Some of my work illustrates the cultural symbols around me and I convey them through my point of view.
I saw you recently caught the attention of Maroon 5 when you entered a contest to feature your photography. Can you please tell me more about this opportunity?
In a contest held by Maroon 5 to commemorate the album ‘Song About Jane’,
they are looking for images that represent their song tracks. I found a match with the titled song ‘Harder to Breath’ with one of my works. This match encouraged me to participate in the contest.It is a great opportunity to introduce my work to a larger audience
You clearly have a passion for what you do. What inspires you to create?
I am inspired by many things around me… sometimes I am inspired by books or movies and many things that happen in my life. Sometimes there are events that make me feel deep empathy, thus encouraging me to immortalize the moment in my work. And sometimes I draw inspiration from symbols in life.