Archive for the ‘Portraits’ Category

Anton Ismael

In Portraits on October 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm

How should I describe him? Anton as the Photographer? The Father? Or The Creative Talent who’s generous enough to let his photo studio become a regular refuge for at least 200 other photographers who are craving for shared ideas. The classes better known as ‘Kelas Pagi’ is given free to whomever are interested…

Kelas Pagi – however, as the name implies. You will have to wake up early to catch it. This naturally filters those who are really passionate about learning and sharing vs the mere followers…I’m privileged enough to have been invited to conduct one of these classes. My class is Friday morning and occasionally I will see Anton sneaks in…

What struck me with Anton is his humility and his courtesy when amongst friends. I wish I see more of these in people…When you do become his friend, I’m sure you will agree that he’s a fun friend to have, a good listener and a forward thinker…

Today I was holding my pocket camera when I passed him working with his editor and when I saw the nearby mannequin; this angle pops in my head. I wanted to show his new hairstyle after his operation.

At first I wanted to tell his photography but then again who wouldn’t know Anton Ismael already. And did you know that Anton Ismael is a certified chef & baker from Jakarta Culinary Centre?

(kelas pagi now expands to Jogja) Follow @kelaspagijkt for further information

Taken with


Lukman Sardi

In Portraits on September 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

You’ve probably come across him on the silver screen and like me, you probably also admire that stare. A curious look often played out by his characters that may raise our own curiosity about Lukman Sardi in person.

Recently I had the privilege to share a scene on a short film with him, although brief and only one scene…(even more brief if you discount my blooper laughter 🙂 ) i had the chance to see him work in totality.. A work ethic worthy of praise…

Away from the camera Lukman Sardi is humble and full of humor… Never let a dull moment win over a set of tired crew… He always managed to keep everybody entertained with his own funny little acts and word games…

Just in the first 2 hours I understood… what a great actor he is and what a wonderful friend he is to have…

taken with Samsung Smart Camera NX Series

Melanie Sadono Djamil

In Portraits on March 15, 2012 at 10:20 am

Prof.Dr.drg.Hj. Melanie Sadono Djamil, M.Biomed. 

For me Melanie is one sample of an extraordinary woman with extraordinary passion and enthusiasm…not only because of her high academic achievements and professional accolades, but also for her seemingly never ending spirit of learning.

Watching her learn her new world of photography, I can see that it’s not only her love of art that keeps the energy but her high appreciation for God’s creations…

“Subhanallah..amazing…” these words you will hear a lot from her…Somehow I know gratitude becomes a part of her life.

When asked one of the things she’s grateful for, she replied with ” I’m grateful that at my age…I’m still allowed to indulge in learning photography”

Amazing woman indeed…

Her twitter account @168Melanie 

Harry Van Yogya

In Portraits on August 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Who is Harry van Yogya?

His complete name is Blasius Haryadi. He is a becak/pedi cab driver. He speaks English and even Dutch quite well.

“I started driving the Pedi cab in 1990 when I was still a math student. I became a Pedi cab driver because I had some money problems. So I tried to think about how I can earn money without disrupting my school activities. The only solution I came up with was to become a Pedi cab driver. So in the day I would go to my classes but then at night I would drive the pedicab.”

– Interviewed by KBR68H-

Harry is active on social network sites. He has made two groups on Facebook called Becak Jogja and Bellongg Independent Tour. He has a twitter account @harryvanyogya with an amazing 4300 followers. You can order his services by texting, emailing, through twitter of even facebook. He is not only popular in the social media, he has also published his own book “the becak way”.

So the next time you find yourself in Jogja, why not try and tweet him…you may just end up with lots of stories about Jogja…from a not so ordinary Pedi cab driver..

Bravo Harry!

Audrey Jiwajennie

In Portraits on May 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

National Swimming Athlete, Swimming Coach, Divemaster

what a beautiful sight.. seeing her dove with style into the cool crisp water.. the way she kicked her fins.. i am quickly reminded of the mysterious tale of mermaid…gentle yet strong…

A young woman with an abundant of accomplishments in the national swimming championships… my dive buddy, Audrey Jiwajennie



Ienas Tsuroiya

In Portraits on April 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm

A proud stay-at-home mom, founder and owner of B & B Cakes

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed

Follow her twitter @Tsuroiya and blog http://tsuroiya.multiply.com

Aliona Rakitzkaya

In Portraits on April 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

Musician : a Violinist

Music is the thousandth of a millisecond between one note and another; how you get from one to the other-that’s where the music is.

She’s not just beautiful, but she’s friendly, beautiful and funny. A violinist from Russia, watch her play at Hotel Mulia Lounge.

Dira Sugandi

In Portraits on March 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Jazz Singer, Musician.

Born in Bandung, Indonesia on July 29th, 1979, at the age of 9, Dira Yulianti won the second prize of children singing competition. After she graduated from high school she took her first vocal lesson at Elfa Music Studio. She studied there for three years. She began her career as a singer as well as a student at the Music Department of Pelita Harapan, majoring vocal performance.

In 2006 Dira J. Sugandi earned her Bachelor Degree. She has performed in several places with many groups and local musicians such as: SOULMATE, Maestro Big Band, Rieka Roslan, SOVA, Imam Praz Quartet, ARAB Jazz, Pelita Harapan University Big Band, and many more.

She has also performed with foreign musicians such as INCOGNITO (2002) in Bandung, Surabaya, Makasar, Medan (2006) in Bali, Singapore, Jakarta Keith Martin (2005) in Bandung, YELLOWJACKETS (2006) in Jakarta and Bandung.

Dira was also the lucky songstress to sing with Jason Mraz at JJF 2009. Finally, in 2010, Dira Sugandi released her debut album in the UK, titled “Something About the Girl”, an album produced by Incognito’s mastermind, Bluey Maunick.

[Data : Java Jazz Festival]

Ulil Abshar Abdalla

In Portraits on March 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

Muslim Activist, co- Founder of Liberal Islam Network, Member of Nahdlatul Ulama, and Partai Demokrat

Love is freedom. Hatred and enmity are shackles on your heart and mind

-Ode To Snow by Ulil-

Yusuf Paulus

In Portraits on March 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Photographer, Canon School Director and Premium Mentor Series Chief Coordinator

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At present Premium Mentor Series activities are focused on the photographs in the wild (landscape, human interest, fine art, macro, travel & street photos, etc.), with a choice of locations that have not been exposed by many other photographers. So if you want to learn more The Art of Seeing click http://www.mentorseries.net get yourself ready for new experiences in photography.