A year ago on October 19, I remember talking with a friend about photographers who goes on tour with bands and musicians. I told him, “I wish I’ll get the chance to be these guys, going on the road with a band I really like.” One year on, exactly on October 19, I had the chance to go along with @fazerdaze on her last three cities of her tour.
It all started with a poster that said Fazerdaze would perform on a concert in Indonesia. I was over the moon! I couldn’t think straight and before I knew it I was sending Fazerdaze a DM to confirm whether it’s real. “Hi,… is it for real?! You’re coming to Indonesia???” And honestly I couldn’t help it, so I sent her another message, “I really hope I can be your official photographer and videographer during your show in Indonesia❤" It didn’t take long before I got reply. “Hey! Ok! Please email my manager Ash.” WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED.
THIS. IS. BEYOND. MY. WILDEST. CRAZIEST. DREAM.
I REALLY FELT LIKE JUMPING MY ASS OFF TO THE MOON JUST FROM THIS EXCITEMENT ALONE!
I found out later that Fazerdaze was indeed going on a Southeast Asian tour so… obviously, on my email I offered myself to document Fazerdaze on her last three destinations. A few days after my email, Ash replied and I don’t any word can do justrice to describe that feeling. If I wanted to jump to the moon before, this approval email made me wanna jump straight to the sun if I could!
HOW ON EARTH?!
And then. KL.
The first time I saw her, Fazerdaze, standing. In front of me. I was so star struck I was actually shaking. I cried a bit (I think) when I heard all the songs I previously listened on Spotify and Youtube were played LIVE BEFORE MY EYES!
Funny how the universe works.
It was one of my dreams to be involved with the music and the tour of Fazerdaze, but more importantly, it was really... beyond belief to make new friends with everyone of them.
And the memory is cruel
It reminds there's no one new
Time is nothing but a lie
If she's not coming home tonight
And your sleep will never be as good as it used to be
When the one you love is gone
People go through the normal routine and motions of life until love comes out of the blue and knocks you off your feet— you literally experience the sensation of falling. Depicts the end of the relationship as falling, but in reverse— going back in time before you didn’t know the person who made such a profound impact on your life. You return to life as it was before you fell in love, with nothing but the memories of the person you fell for
When words aren't enough, stories are stronger in pictures, that's why portraits matter. I'm no good with letters but I remember what you tell me so whatever your story, however you want to be seen and remembered, let me write you your visual biography. Here are some old friends I'm humbled to have celebrated in pictures - can you guess their stories?
The city that keeps me coming back, the land that never ceases to fascinate me. I've been here a couple of times and each visit always bring new stories. The empty streets yet bustling alleyways, the quiet crowd but riotous souls... it's like there something in the Tokyo air that breathes inspiration into you. Or me, at least.
Let's face it, sometimes life's too short to be wasted on so much time in the editing room, choosing between filters. It's good to let your rolls and cameras do it mystery magic. Yeah, okay, not the best way to get rich but, it's worth to #staybrokeshootfilm.
You know those sleepless nights and restless days when you're worn out but it doesn't matter because you've had so much fun? These stills are from one of those days. Series of pictures taken for the production of Filosofi Kopi the Series: Ben & Jody, starring Chicco Jerikho and Rio Dewanto. All shot at Melawai, Blok M.
I didn't know anything about this city before, so there was zero expectation at first. But man, was I in for a thrill?! Penang turned to be a very pleasant surprise. I can't decide which one would be my favourite of all, the street art, the food, or the people? I guess, I'd take everything.
These guys were one of the heroes of my youth and perhaps of all time. Watching them live felt almost sacred, being able to take pictures of them was really out of this world.
When I was younger I used to think someday I'd be on the same stage with David Bayu and his NAIF crew. It did happen; we were just metres apart on the very same platform. They were still rocking the stage with such an inspiring jolt of energy, I was neither attached to a bass nor a guitar the way I imagined myself to be, but I got to be with my best instrument - the camera, obviously - and it was just as great.
Back again in this holy land of mine. Be it Tokyo, Osaka, or Kyoto, each and every turn in any of these cities catches my eyes like no other places. I didn't even have to rework these pictures so much in the editing room because that's just how Japan is; so much colour even in monochromes it's so rich with shades, tints, and tones.