Mar 25, 2013 Photography, Photojournalism
Wayang orang is a traditional javanese theater often compared to western-style opera and performed to a gamelan ensemble. Established more than 40 years ago, the Wayang Orang Bharata is now the last surviving professional wayang orang troupe in Jakarta. It stages performances once a week, on Saturdays in a playhouse in Senen, Jakarta.
In an unusual arrangement, executives and socialites have performed on stage with the troupe, such as Indika Energy President Commissioner Wiwoho Basuki Tjokronegoro. “Becoming a wayang orang artist is not a matter of income. We do it solely because of a profound love for wayang orang—we want to keep alive Wayang Orang Bharata and this traditional art form,” says Marsam Mulyo Atmojo, head of the Wayang Orang Bharata association.
Photo Story By Ahmad Zamroni
Mar 25, 2013 Photojournalism, Portrait Photography
Teddy Rachmat has been a success as both a top executive and an entrepreneur, and one of his few regrets is not being more of the latter sooner.
Teddy Rachmat is a man with few regrets but one of Them is not becoming
an entrepreneur sooner. having been a pioneer who helped build The largest business group in indonesia, Astra International, also inspired him to become one.
Mar 6, 2013 Articles, Photography, Photojournalism
In Cempaka, miners still look for diamonds using traditional methods.
Mines around the city of Martapura, known as the “city of diamonds,” have been famous for centuries for producing diamonds
of exceptional quality, brilliance and color. During the 18th century, the Dutch produced out of this area in South Kalimantan some 50,000 carats a year. The year 1965 was the apex of Martapura’s fame when a 166 carat pink diamond, known as the “Trisakti diamond,” was found in the region. Some two decades later, in 1985, a large raw diamond of 117 carats was found, followed by another diamond of 197 carats that was found in 2008, although Borneo’s status as a diamond producer has long been on the wane, surpassed by other locations.
Small-scale traditional mining continues to this day in Cempaka, a modest village near Martapura, using techniques changed little by modern technology. Miners here use only the most basic of tools to search for the valuable stones. The diamonds, when found, are usually buried in gravel and muddy sediments at depths of about 10 meters. The miners work in groups of about 15, using baskets to haul up the muddy sediment, which is then washed in conical bowls which are swirled around. Read More..
Dec 11, 2012 Articles, Photography, Photojournalism, Travel
Phinisi may be the world’s last seaworthy wooden sailboats still in wide use today.
The phinisi is a traditional wooden two-masted sailing ship, which were mentioned as plying the waters of Indonesia as early as the 14th century. The ships today are built at Tanjung Bira beach by the Konjo, a subgroup of the Bugis living in the Bulukumba regency of South Sulawesi. While modern power tools can be used, the boats are largely built using the design and construction techniques handed down over hundreds of years. These boats may be the world’s last large seaworthy wooden sailing ships being built. While many serve as humble cargo ships, some become high-end yachts.
Nov 21, 2012 Articles, Photography, Photojournalism
My travel photo story about Jomblang and Grubug cave, which have a depth around 100 m (328.084 ft) at Gunung Kidul area in Yogyakarta, featured at Forbes Indonesia Magazine (November 2012 Issue).
Nov 15, 2012 Articles, Photography, Photojournalism, Travel
Odometer, alat pengukur jarak di mobil, mencatat 4.786 kilometer. Perjalanan ini benar-benar petualangan berkendara mobil terpanjang yang pernah saya lakukan, tanpa pengemudi cadangan.
Jul 28, 2012 Articles, Photography, Photojournalism, Travel
At 2,000 meters above sea level, the moun- tains are high enough to trap the clouds, which nestle in the hills around Laut Tawar Lake in Central Aceh just before dawn. As the sun rises over the hills, the temperature climbs from a chilly 18 degrees and the cloud dissipates, revealing a wide vista of lush green coffee plants spread out over thousands of hectares up the hillsides surround- ing the lake. Read More..
Jun 11, 2012 Articles, Photography
Saat kamera menjadi lebih portabel, sebuah dunia baru terbuka untuk fotografer. Yang selama ini hanya banyak ditemui di studio-studio, kamera yang mudah dibawa-bawa ini kemudian banyak merekam dunia luar. Sebuah spirit ‘street photography’ telah lahir.
Sekarang, di era digital, dimana setiap orang begitu mudah membuat foto mendadak street photography mencuat kembali. Ditambah lagi munculnya devices yang begitu kompak macam iPhone yang mampu untuk selalu berada didekat kita, telah membuat para ‘penggila’ foto mendadak menjadi (‘mengaku’) street photographer. Mengabarkan apa yang mereka temui di jalanan.
Jun 11, 2012 Photography, Tips and Tricks
Fonomena iPhoneography memang luar biasa. Salah satunya di dunia Street Photography (SP). Salah satunya karena kemudahan dalam membawanya yang menjadi sebab begitu maraknya foto yang diambil melalui device ini. Beberapa secara sadar menekuni SP, mendokumentasikan kondisi manusia di tempat-tempat umum, sedangkan yang lain tidak sadar melakukannya, sekedar ingin bercerita akan apa keseharian masing-masing dan men-share nya lewat sosial media macam facebook, path, twitter, tumblr, dan yang lain-lain. Sebenarnya sudah banyak tip-tip memotret SP, khususnya menggunakan iphone di internet, namun saya mencoba mempermudahnya, khususnya bagi yang ingin memulainya dan enggan browsing di dunia maya. Ini jaman segala harus serba mudah bukan.
Apr 17, 2012 Photography, Photojournalism, Travel
In a place known better for its cigarettes, PD Taru Martani is the country’s oldest and largest cigar maker. Taru Martani was initially built under the name of N.V. Negresco in 1918. Three years later, in 1921, this cigar factory moved to Yogyakarta. After World War II was taken over by the late Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX and renamed Taru Martani, Javanese for the leaves of life.