Alumni professional sharing at John de Britto High School Yogyakarta

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Earlier today, I was invited to share my professional experience in photojournalism to the senior students of John de Britto High School, from which I graduated more than a decade ago. The purpose of this professional orientation is to give the students an idea of what it is like in real life to work in a certain field that they may find interesting to pursue as a field of study or even future career.

I shared my session with my senior who is now a photojournalist for Kompas, one of the top national daily newspapers here in Indonesia, P. Raditya Mahendra Yasa (Wendra). I knew Wendra since I was a sophomore and he was still studying Communications at Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, almost fifteen years ago. During the session, I shared some basic and general principles and knowledge in working in photojournalism, while Wendra emphasised that though we both work in the same field, our work natures are different: him being a national daily newspaper staff photographer while I am a freelance photographer working for magazines, both national and foreign.

Thank you, Pak Widi Nugroho, my English teacher who contacted and invited me. I hope what I and Wendra shared are useful for the students.

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Photographs courtesy of P. Raditya Mahendra Yasa ∎

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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 ∎

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 Safitri, 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. ∎

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. ∎

Teaching photo story workshop at Combine Resource Institution Yogyakarta

 

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Photo by Budi N.D. Dharmawan

I am teaching photo story workshop for the staff of Combine Resource Institution. This workshop is not result-driven but more process-oriented, as it is some sort of an internal training for the staff’s capacity building. The workshop is not intensive (compressed into a week like similar workshop), as the staff have work to do during the week. This workshop is a follow-up from the discussion we had last May. ∎