Damar and Arief wedding snapshots

I attended Damar and Arief’s wedding last week in Karanganyar, Central Java. Damar was my first friend in university. As new students, we were in the same group during campus orientation. And we became good friends since then. When I went to Karanganyar to photograph the funeral of former President Suharto in 2008, I called her, asking her to guide me. I stayed at her house for a few days. After graduated from university, she went to work for a bank in Batam Island, but have recently been transfered to Surabaya.

Arief, her husband, was also from our university but from different faculty. He was a photographer for our university newspaper, as far as I remember. I had known him some years ago but don’t really remember how or when—and I don’t think Arief remembers either. Anyway, here are some snapshots I took from the wedding.

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May you two live happily ever after, Damar and Arief!

Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan ∎

Funeral of former President Suharto, 28 January 2008

I want to share some photos from my archive, taken at the funeral of Indonesia’s former President Suharto (ruling 1966–1998) in Karanganyar, Central Java, 28 January 2008. It was one of my first experiences of covering big news events, after the earthquake and Merapi eruption in Yogyakarta in mid-2006.

I had just lost my phone at that time, snatched when I was photographing the Javanese/Islamic lunar new year ceremony at Keraton Kasunanan Solo in early January 2008—it was a new phone. I literally bought a new phone—cheaper one—and new SIM card on the way to Solo. I also contacted a friend to bunk in her house in, as well as to help guide me around Karanganyar.

Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

The hearse that carries the remains of Mr. Suharto. Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

The hearse that carries the remains of Mr. Suharto. Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

President Yudhoyono leaving the cemetery after the burial ceremony. Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono leaving the cemetery after the burial ceremony. Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Funeral of former President Suharto, Karanganyar, Indonesia. 28 Jan 2008 © Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Five years have passed now since Mr. Suharto’s passing, which was ten years after his resignation from the presidency in May 1998, following mass protests (and in some places riots) across Indonesia. I often still wonder what has changed now in post-Reformasi Indonesia.

Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan ∎