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.

Bandung
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

Jaksel
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

Solo2
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

Bojonegoro
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! ∎

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Leben im Ausland (photo), Saldo magazine (Switzerland), Oct 2017

Saldo mag Budi Okt 2017

 

By the River of Love at Fisipol Art Days 2017

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Photo by Budi N.D. Dharmawan

My photo series By the River of Love (2011–2012) is being exhibited again. I was invited to be a guest exhibitor for this year’s edition of Fisipol Art Days, held by my former campus Fisipol Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta, along with fellow Fisipol UGM alumni Akiq A.W., Jompet Kuswidananto, and T.A. Kusno. The exhibition, titled “Future Leaks: 5W+1H Are We Going?” is curated by Titah Asmaning Winedhar and is on view 26–30 September 2017 at Fisipol UGM’s new library building. ∎

Snapshots for “Mata dan Kuasa” programme, Festival Arsip IVAA at PKKH UGM

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Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Me (far right) at Festival Arsip IVAA at PKKH UGM, September 2017. Photo courtesy of Indonesian Visual Art Archive.

Mentoring for photo exhibition with Publisia Photo Club UGM

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For the past three months (more or less) I have been mentoring a group of students from Publisia Photo Club (PPC) Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta as they are preparing their annual exhibition. The exhibition will take place this weekend at Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta gallery. For this mentoring, I do not set results as a goal, but rather emphasise on the process. As a mentor, I have to realise that they are students, not professionals, and perhaps do not wish to be professional photographers, too. So as much as I can, I try to contextualise what I wish to share with them by not only focusing on photography, and especially not only the technical side of it.

I tell them that it all starts and eventually ends with the story. So that’s what we should be focusing on, on how to find the story, how to approach the subject and dig deeper without losing focus, and finally how to present the story visually with a certain perspective. Last but not least, congratulations for the exhibition to all participants: Hanif Mufadlilah, Hestakhia Pranawati, I Gusti Ayu Viola, Yunica Murti Nastiti, Nirwana Pradana Maharani, Annisa Astri Hermantyo, Deana Fahira, Mutiara Puteri Amelia, Anisa Nur Aini, Lalitya Pradnya Pawestri, Muhammad Farhan Anwar, Anisa Meitasari; also those who helped: Anandhio Weiza Prashardika, Balya Galuh Jiehan Safira Rahma, Chaisar Ahmad, Muh. Faruq Hakiki, Nadia Utama Siregar, Priscilla Asoka Kenasri, Putri Laksmi Nurul Suci, Afifah Nuranian, Muh. Alzaki Tristi, Diatami Muftiarini; and all members of Publisia Photo Club.

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Me (center) with exhibition coordinator Hanif Mufadlilah to my right and PPC chief Muhammad Alzaki Tristi to my left, at the exhibition opening at Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta, 15 September 2017.

Teaching photo story workshop with Pewarta Foto Indonesia Yogyakarta

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Photo by Hendra Nurdiyansyah

I am teaching a photo story workshop together with photojournalists Boy T. Harjanto and Gembong Nusantara, organised by Pewarta Foto Indonesia (Indonesia Photojournalists Association) Yogyakarta, in conjunction with our collective exhibition “Di Mana Garuda” at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, 5–13 September 2017.

There are eight participants in the workshop, three are in my class, another three with Gembong, the last two with Boy. The workshop begins on 8 September and will end on 13 September. Each participants are required to produce a photo story during the workshop that they will present at the final day, which is also the exhibition’s closing. ∎