Saturday, March 22, 2008
Out of My Mind
Street Scene, Jakarta, 2008 / Rony Zakaria
It's already March, the third month in 2008 and yet I'm still in Jakarta. I have nothing against Jakarta beside its traffic congestion, heavily poluted air, its notorious criminal rates and the last but not least overpopulation. Ok, let me correct my statement: I have everything against Jakarta and have every reason to leave this capital of Indonesia. But despite all that, I can't go right away, well it's kinda' sucks but I will be in Jakarta at least for another month.
Trying to feel content, I decided to give my self and this town a chance to make our peace. So, I grabbed my camera and start walking on the streets of Jakarta. I've been living in Jakarta since I was born and when I began photography four years ago, until this very second I almost never produced a work about Jakarta. Maybe this will be away for me to understand more about Jakarta before judging it prematurely.
I really enjoy shooting in the streets and I think it is also a good way to improve my patience. Something that I realize I'm lacking of.
Alex Webb, a Magnum photographer said about his method of work "I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner".
So, I'm having a truce with Batavia for now.