Inspiration

R. F. Kusuma

Maybe among you who love analogue photography or at least have ever bought analogue cameras would know this particular friend of ours. He’s one of our few friends from the virtual world that eventually become friends in the real life (blame it on the Facebook :p). A Jakarta based analog photographer-slash-graffitiartist-slash-entrepreneur-slash-blogger, Renaldy Fernando Kusuma or Enat for short.

Enat became familiar with analogue cameras since 2008, when Lomo were such a hit here in Indonesia. Enat started his interest in the world of analog photography by doing experiments, such as red-scales, multi-exposures, etc. In 2009, Enat and some of his friends who were active in Kaskus (Indonesian based online forum) created a community of toy / plastic cameras known as Klastic. But after 2 years as a chairman, Enat decided to continue his passion on photography himself.

 

“Never underestimate the power of a flyer, because one flyer could changed your life forever”

 

We always thought that Enat became a photographer first and then a graffiti artist later. It turned out wrong! His interest in graffiti emerged after he saw a flyer for Medium Rare event in 2005 and it filled with bio of the graffiti artists. Since then he started to draw on the wall in 2006 with the alias name MUMU and later on he joined MASE CREW in 2007. In 2012 he organized one of the most talk-about event in the world of graffiti, Indonesia Character Meeting (ICM).

Enat prefers his photograph in color rather than in black and white. The reason is simple, because he likes to photograph plants, landscape and guess what? Young girls :p His photographs are mostly inspired by some of the Asian photographers like Patrick Tsai, Kotori Kawashima, Sayaka Minemura, and Astrid Prasetianti (they made a photobook together in 2012)

A lil bit about his camera,
1. His very first camera, Fujica MA1 (he bought it at thrift market for just Rp. 15.000,- or around $1)
2. The most memorable camera, Skina Smile (memorable because of the journey he took when he finally get his hands on that)
3. The camera that he already sold and later regret doing it, Ricoh R1s
4. His dream camera, Minolta TC1

Currently Enat is active on analog photography zine called The Future of the Past with Astrid Prasentianti and their friends, created a clothing brand named Tjau, and in his works with analog photography through JellyPlayground which he started since 2009.

R. F. Kusuma

R. F. Kusuma

R. F. Kusuma

more photos after the jump!

The Travel Almanac 5th Edition

It’s that time of the year when we start dreaming of one perfect holiday. Instead of being trapped in a big chunks of boring daily routine, we’d rather have the sand between our toes and the feel of foreign scents in the air.

So it’s no surprise that we came across this particular travel zine while having a quick holiday escape in the world wide web. It’s a little case of a-love-at-the-first-sight-with-the-cover kinda thing (we already mentioned on our previous post before, we’re the judge-the-book-by-its-cover people. Literally). We’re getting inspired by its contents and their way of interviewing. But then again, it’s still a rather cool reminder for having a sudden trip somewhere exciting. Another must have good reads on our shelf :)

More photos after the jump!

P. L. Malasan

Growing up in other country that have different cultures and habits might make this particular friend of ours quite unique. Meet Prananda Luffiansyah Malasan, or Panda. He is Morrie’s friend in college while I’ve known him since 2009 when we were in FOLD up until now in House The House.

Spent his early 7 years of his life in Japan (Maebashi, in Gunma Prefecture, was his neighborhood) making him fluent in Japanese. We always thought he was born there but Panda was born here in Indonesia, precisely in Krueng Geukueh, a small district in Lho’Seumawe, Aceh.

According to him, the experiences and educations he got in Japan is what shaping him now. Discipline is his everyday things, because since elementary school he used to go to school in the morning within 20 km’s with the train ride (Japanese trains and schools are 2 things, beside pretty much everything, known to be always on time in Japan). Even when he’s still at elementary school, he could memorize all the stations names in its path by heart. That is why, he grow fond of the train, until now.

The coolest thing about him, other than growing up in Japan, is having Bosscha Observatory, one the largest telescope in the South East Asia in the backyard. His father is a professor in astronomy and Panda said that his father always encourage him to study and learn new things.

 

“Wabi-sabi is The Japanese view of life embraced a simple aesthetic that grew stronger as inessentials were eliminated and trimmed away.” – Tadao Ando, Architect

 

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese’s concept of appreciation and acceptance of imperfection and impermanence (from Kinfolk vol. 8 “Wabi-Sabi Peace” by Louisa Thomsen Brits). This philosophy is applied by Panda in every elements of his life, even in his job and work. Together with his friends from Metronome, Panda is trying to understand that design isn’t mere the end product but there are still processes before that he’s trying to learn and understand. How he can used and maximized the materials as it is, humanized humans, etc. And Keuken act as a medium where he, as a project leader, can experiment with cultures, the human interactions, and design, along with the philosophy itself in it.

When we asked who’s Prananda L. Malasan? He replied “Prananda is just Prananda, who always tried to learn about everything and do something for what it is”.

To us, he is an easy-going but responsible person that always concerned about culture, humanism, and design in a different perspective than to most people. Panda has a dream to become a lecturer and as of this writing, he is on his way in getting his master’s degree on contemporary festivals in Indonesia. Good luck, Panda!

P. L. Malasan

Bosscha Observatory

P. L. Malasan

P. L. Malasan

more photos after the jump!

A. H. Rasyid

There’s one person that always crossed our mind when we thought of dreams and passions. She is Ariana Hayyulia Rasyid and we call her Nana. She’s our high school friend but Oslo knew her since elementary school.

She’s into photography. She likes to documented everything, thus she joined POTRET (Parahyangan University’s photography club) when she’s in college. She and her fellow POTRET’s friends held some photography workshops and exhibitions. Check her portfolio here.

In February 2011, she made a blog along with Nathania Gabriele and Aulia Fitrisari, Laugh On The Floor (LOTF). They called themselves Miss Flamingo. They write about nearly everything from profile of creative peoples to bands, from music gigs to art exhibitions, from travel stories to cool-things, etc.

Now, she works as a food journalist at haphap.com, a food-related portal website. She makes reviews about the restaurants or cafés and its foods. And we’ve got the chance to see how she works (thanks for the treat, Na :p).

 

“Seek and you shall find.” - Geoffrey Day-Lewis

 

For us she’s a very passionate and cheerful friend, The Moffatts and 4Peniti’s die-hard fan, and a true dreamer. Traveling around the globe, documenting music concerts all around the world in photos, and having a perfect house (there’s a bookshop, cake shop and toy shop inside her future house!) are some of her dreams. She even draws her future perfect house for us.

She’s halfway in fulfilling all of her dreams and we believe she’ll living her dreams soon enough.

A. H. Rasyid

A. H. Rasyid

A. H. Rasyid

more photos after the jump!

L. W. Hartono

Meet Lukie Widya Hartono, others called him Lukie. He’s my co-worker at work, so I’ve known him for 2 years now. He’s known for being a vocalist-guitarist of Spring Summer, a pop-ballad band from Bandung. Some of their songs featured on international music compilations, such as Series Two Compilation (USA) and Day to Embrace (THAI). They recently released their EP, “The Additional Ears” (my favorite track is “Small Things Act Like A Giant”).

He graduated from Interior Design major at ITENAS (and he became the first bachelor in interior design that graduated in just 4 years with a GPA above 3.45). He works daily as senior interior designer at House The House and owns a workshop that he inherit from his late father, speciality in wood-making (you can make chair, table, stool, etc made from wood). In his earlier year in college, he and his friend made Jogarworks, a design workshop speciality in wood and resin. One of their works is Minak Djinggo sculpture in Sukabumi, West Java.

 

“What makes me like this now is because of my father”.

 

Unlike other father-son stereotype relationship, he had a very special bond with his deceased father. His father taught him about life, love (he told us the story about how Lukie ends up having two girlfriends when he’s still in junior high, it’s all because of what his father did then), courage, truthfulness, and of course music. His father worked as an architect and one of his masterpiece is Preanger Hotel in Bandung, but he played as a bassist in his band back then. The first song his father taught him is Michelle by The Beatles.

Lukie has a dream to become a teacher, because he likes to teach kids anything like music, drawing, etc. For us he’s a very kind person, humorist and we could rely on him. We hope he could live up to his dream and will meet his plus-one as soon as possible, amen! :p

L. W. Hartono

L. W. Hartono

L. W. Hartono

L. W. Hartono

more photos (at Aru Studio) after the jump!