Saturday, April 26, 2008

Taking a Break from Jakarta

Leaving Jakarta/Rony Zakaria

At the beginning of this week I decided to take sometime off from Jakarta. I desperately need to get out from the town from a while. I think it has been too long since I travelled. I recalled almost four months ago when I went like crazy (with a crazy companion as well) to Bali and East Java.

To make things short I got a ticket to Yogyakarta yesterday, took an 8 hour trip by train. This is not my first time to Djogja, I was there twice before. But it was almost 6 years ago since my last visit there. I always fond of Djogja since my first trip back in childhood years.

So, today is my first day in Djogja and I am looking forward to many more.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Publikasi di The Jakarta Post

Sebuah seri foto saya terbit di Sunday Edition harian The Jakarta Post minggu kemarin, 6 April 2008. Seri foto tersebut mengenai perilaku "menunggu" orang-orang di Jakarta ketika berada di transportasi umum. Pengantar fotonya ditulis oleh Alex Supartono.

How do we occupy ourselves on the bus, mikrolet or metromini? What do the people around us do? Do we give it much thought? Or is it an insignificant part of our lives?

Jakarta-based photographer Rony Zakaria, 24, shows us how we spend our minutes, sometimes hours, moving from one point to another using public transportation.

His photographs capture the essence of ordinary events in our everyday worlds. Actually, we don't do much. We close our eyes and try to sleep, keeping one hand on our belongings. We look without really seeing. We isolate ourselves from people whose skin in fact touches our own.

Life in Jakarta, which has a population of about 12 million, is almost always communal. In public spaces, there are few niches set aside for individuals to sit alone.

Photos by Rony Zakaria
Text by Alex Supartono

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Kutipan Pilihan

"There are too many images. Too many cameras now. We’re all being watched. It gets sillier and sillier. As if all action is meaningful. Nothing is really all that special. It’s just life. If all moments are recorded, then nothing is beautiful and maybe photography isn’t an art anymore. Maybe it never was"—Robert Frank, Vanity Fair, April 2008, p177