Looking Anew at Some of the World’s Most Popular Places
Their love for traveling inspired three young, talented photographers to look at the world through different sets of eyes.
Josua Alessandro, Sianny Widyasari and Leonardus Bramantya traveled around Asia and Europe to capture the unorthodox beauty of different countries.
Titled “The Unseen,” 40 of the photographers’ pictures are on display at Dia.lo.gue Artspace in Kemang until June 27.
As the event’s name suggests, the three photographers set out on an adventure hoping to see the unseen beauty of Asia and Europe by playing with different angles. “The angles we chose are very personal to us,” Bramantya said. “We try to take pictures of objects locals might miss the beauty of.”
Bramantya’s interest in visual art showed during his childhood when he picked up some crayons and started to draw on his walls at home. Now he has traveled a long way from home, including around Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and China (including Tibet), to capture stunning images.
“Like Beijing, thousands of tourists have been there, but we looked for objects they don’t take pictures of,” he said. “Objects that are unappealing to people.”
Bramantya’s shot titled “Past, Present and Future” shows a father carrying his son while looking at three portraits of three Chinese presidents. It’s dense with politics.
Just as interesting is an image of two Buddha statues taken from behind in Thailand. Instead of aiming his camera directly in front of the Buddhas in the lotus position, Bramantya chose to take a picture of the two statues from a distance, with a teal tarpaulin in the foreground.
Likewise, tourists may not want to travel all the way to Ho Chi Minh City just to wait half an hour to take a shot of a Vietnamese lady in a straw hat, sleeping with her face half-covered with a handkerchief.
“I waited 30 minutes to take that picture,” Alessandro said, pointing to the picture. “There were two other women and I waited until they left to get that picture of that one woman.”
Alessandro also played with colors by making use of light. He flew to Bali, and attended a traditional ritual ceremony. The women were colorfully dressed in authentic Balinese costumes, with headpieces adorned with frangipani flowers. The first instinct would usually be to immortalize the colors, and the unique golden ornaments in their traditional ensemble, but Alessandro ducked down to capture the dancers’ silhouette while they were in action.
Titled “Yellow Tedung,” Alessandro’s photograph shows a different side of Bali’s beauty. Without having to look at the title, the silhouettes give it away at first glance. Sometimes a lack of detail can add a great deal of drama to a work of art.
Widyasari, the only woman among the three photographers, took an interesting shot titled “Parallel Lines” during her trip to France in 2009. It shows several Parisians sitting, lined up along a canal parallel to a building visible on the horizon.
Going halfway across the world to the beautiful city of Paris, tourists would usually swarm to the base of the Eiffel Tower or follow the crowds to the famous Champs-Elysees. But Widyasari took a simple shot of some Parisians just killing time by an ordinary canal, showing that the beauty in simplicity is sometimes disregarded by most.
“The Unseen” shows how anything can be beautiful from a different angle and how it doesn’t have to conform to the prevailing definition.
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