My first camera was a gift from my sister when I was in year 5. It was a Fuji with a film reel and I was so excited to see the photos I’d taken during a girl scout trail match that when I got home I pulled the film out of the back of my camera, over-exposing it. I was devastated, but it was the beginning of a love affair with photography that continues today.
I left Indonesia to become a student at the University Of Queensland in 1999 and with the new eyes of a foreigner my photography became my photo journal for my family. I wanted them to see the Australia I was seeing with my own eyes – unrehearsed, alien and amazing. I wanted to convey more than what I could see – I wanted to share my feeling and how I was experiencing Australia. This desire would become the core of my photography.
Photography for me is about capturing that moment where the essence of what you’re shooting is laid bare. There’s a moment and it most often lasts for less than a split second, but if you can capture it it tells you a whole story. If the subject is a person it can be in their posture or their eyes. It’s written in the way they melt into what’s around them. You see that moment and it resonates in you. You can be in the skin of that moment almost like emotional muscle memory. Something in you reaches back even if you don’t know what that something is. This moment lives in flowers,objects or places and is written with light and space and although you may take a hundred photos of the same subject you may only capture it once.
We’re flooded with images now thanks to social media and the mobile phone. For so many the photo is a quantity based exercise based on movement. But to me that one perfect shot takes time, patience and stillness and I hope you find it in my work.