Mentoring for photo exhibition with Unit Fotografi UGM Yogyakarta

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I have been mentoring a group of students from Unit Fotografi Universitas Gadjah Mada (UFO UGM) Yogyakarta, as they are preparing new members’ pre-inauguration exhibition. Following their seniors, for this exhibition they are exploring one basic technique of photography, this time composition. After the exhibition, they will be inaugurated as UFO UGM’s new members (Batch XXV). There are 24 participants in the exhibition.

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Mentoring for photo exhibition with Fotkom 401 UPN Yogyakarta

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In the last month I have been mentoring a group of students from Fotkom 401 Universitas Pembangunan Nasional (UPN) Yogyakarta, as they are preparing their annual exhibition. The exhibition, titled “REVITALISASI”, will take place this weekend at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta gallery. It is part of their annual event Bulan Fotografi (Month of Photography), which now is its fifth edition. Taking part in the exhibition are Dilma Rakhma, Indra Purnomo, Semilir Kidung, Ridho Suharto, Gilang Rifanda, Fauziatur Rahmi, Mardella Savitri, and Bella Lumencia.

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Moderator for talkshow at UFO UGM’s anniversary

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I will be moderating a photography talk show, commemorating Unit Fotografi UGM’s 27th anniversary this weekend. The talk show will discuss about living as a photographer, reflecting from the experiences of the two speakers, Dwi Oblo and Raiyani Muharramah. Both are senior members of Unit Fotografi UGM, as well as I am. Dwi Oblo is a respected freelance photojournalist, while Raiyani Muharramah is a full time travel photographer and writer. The talk show will be held at Auditorium FIB UGM, Saturday, 31 March 2018, 9.00–12.00.

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Portrait photography workshop at UGM

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I will be sharing about portrait photography at Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, this weekend. The event is hosted by Psikolens, the faculty’s photography club, and open for public. Poster via Psikolens’ Instagram. ∎

Running into 2018

Another year has passed, another one awaits. I started the new year with a rather quick assignment that I just finished. In the past three years, Indonesian Red Cross Society (PMI) has been implementing a community development program in seven cities that are flowed by three major river systems in Java, assisting three communities in each city. The assignment took me to Ciliwung River (Bogor Regency & South Jakarta City), Citarum River (Bandung Regency & Karawang Regency), also Bengawan Solo (Wonogiri Regency, Surakarta City, & Bojonegoro Regency).

The program had previously been kickstarted and developed since two years prior to its implementation, by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as the international coordinator and Zurich Insurance Group as the funder. Other than Indonesia, similar program has also been implemented in Nepal, Peru, and Mexico, each by local implementing partners. The goal of the program is to build resilience in the communities affected by flood, which is considered as the biggest issue in natural hazard, causing the biggest destruction and effect worldwide.

My assignment was to visit the communities where the program is implemented and to make a narrative report on how the program has been improving the resilience (among other aspects) of the assisted communities. In January, I visited Tugu Utara & Pasir Angin in Bogor Regency; Pengadegan in South Jakarta City; Bojongsoang, Citeureup, and Dayeuhkolot in Bandung Regency; Purwadana & Parungsari in Karawang Regency; Gedong, Ngadipiro, & Gumiwang Lor in Wonogiri Regency, Sewu, Sangkrah, and Semanggi in Surakarta City, also Tulungrejo, Trucuk, and Sumbangtimun in Bojonegoro Regency. I spent February writing the report, which is going to be published as a book shortly by IFRC.

Here are some behind the scenes photos.

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Interviewing program volunteers in Bojongsoang Village, Bandung Regency. Photo: Lala Jalaludin

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Photojournalist Suryo Wibowo, whom I worked with for the assignment, taking pictures of Citarum, said to be the most polluted river in the world. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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An often flooded house has been abandoned by its residents in Citeureup Village, Bandung Regency. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Residents installing pipes for hydroponic planting in Pengadegan, South Jakarta City. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Bogor
Community based action team (SIBAT) volunteers in Bogor Regency, including Pasir Angin Village Head’s wife (in white trousers) and Cipayung Village Head’s wife (in green dress). Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Yours truly in Puncak Area, Bogor Regency. Photo: Suryo Wibowo

Karawang
Street scene in Purwadana Village, Karawang Regency. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Rearview mirror selfie at sunset passing rice fields on the way to Parungsari Village, Karawang Regency. Karawang is the second largest rice producer in Indonesia, making it effectively a national rice reserve. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Interview with Mrs. Ester, a SIBAT volunteer in Sewu urban village, Surakarta City. She is the coordinator for aquaponic planting program in Surakarta City. Photo: Wanto

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Taking a portrait of Mr. Tavip, a SIBAT volunteer in Semanggi urban village, Surakarta City. Photo: Wanto

Wonogiri
A construction on Gajah Mungkur Reservoir, Wonogiri Regency. Constructed in 1976 and designed to function for as long as 100 years, the reservoir’s life time is predicted to last only until the next 15 years due to rapid siltation. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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A pine forest in Gumiwang Lor village, Wonogiri Regency. Photo: Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Yours truly in the field, interviewing SIBAT volunteers in Tulungrejo Village, Bojonegoro District. Photo: M. Nur Hamid

I am now back in Yogyakarta, as the assignment is mostly done. In addition to working on this assignment, I’m running into 2018 with more activities in teaching photography. Looking forward to more opportunities and experiences. Happy new year! ∎

Participation in “Membongkar Bingkai – Membuka Sekat” exhibition at PKKH UGM

 

Next week I am taking part in an alumni exhibition organised by PKKH UGM to commemorate the dies natalis (anniversary) of my alma mater Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta. Titled Membongkar Bingkai – Membuka Sekat, the exhibition runs Monday through Saturday, 11–16 December 2017 at PKKH gallery.

I will be presenting a photo series about special school for deaf students in Wonosobo, Central Java I made three years ago. The series was actually intended for something else but the project has been left undone, so this exhibition is its first public showing. Come and see if you are around.

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Exhibition view of my work at Membongkar Bingkai – Membuka Sekat, PKKH UGM. ∎