Dare to Love, bring’s Hope, and have Faith

Hope can sometimes difficult things to find, especially when you are alone and it felt like no one care. At the desolation of our heart, despair can make us lost hope in everything good that can happen in our day.

Love on contrary can lift your heart toward others, move you to take action for the other person’s happiness. Make you have faith in others. 

Love, Hope, and Faith. A message that the Curch emphasize again and again, in this sometimes ridiculous world of ours. 

In this desolate time of the COVID-19 pandemic, that three messages became a relevant message to rely on. To be brave enough to choose love toward the fear that surrounded you, to have hope of a better tomorrow, instead of just living the routine, and to realize that faith in your heart, guiding your every step ahead.

When I was invited documenting the COVID-19 Vaccination initiative events, held by the Gonzaga high school alumni with the school administrator, the three messages of Love, Hope, and Faith undoubtedly beaming in every action of the volunteer involved. 

To be brave and choose love, bringing hope toward others, and live in faith.

It is never an easy choice. To care, to choose compassion, believe in your competence, communicating your idea and collaborate, to have courage, and have a commitment for the greater good.

For me, that is why I need faith, more than ever in these difficult time of our’s, guiding my step to serve others, just like the Lord has taught me. Finding God in all of creation.

“Ad maoirem Dei gloriam inque hominum salutem — for the greater glory of the God and the salvation of humanity” – Saint Ignatus of Loyola.

People on a bridge

It’s been more than a year since the first COVID-19 viruses have been confirmed. Although the Vaccine has been developed, and better treatment for the patient has been given, there is still no halt to the pandemic threat for the ordinary daily routine life of the people.

Nevertheless, life must go on, the work still needs to be done and we have entered a new normal routine. A life where sometimes, we must exclude ourselves sour self from the crowd, for the matter of protection of our loved one.

The need to wear the mask is mandatory in every corner of the busy city. Although greeting each other is an instinctual nature for us, we learn to take precautions in welcoming others, even friends to our close circle.

Yes, COVID-19 has changed the way we are living in this new age. We still don’t have a clue whether we can go back to our old normal days, or we are living a new future where human have to take a high sanitation precaution for every small detail in their ordinary routine life, just to be safe from the threat of the unseen virus.

The new future, where opening our mask and taking a little breath in a crowd has potentially become dangerously hazardous to our health.

Stay safe, stay healthy, is the only message that we can rely upon these days. Stay strong.

Art of Capturing Patterns – between the boundaries of moment’s – a photography reflection

“A pattern is the repeated or regular way in which something happens or is done.”

We love to see pattern.

Maybe, thru the pattern, we find a comforting warm feeling in these chaotic moments of the constantly changing time of ours.

There is a pattern everywhere you look, even in the bliss of a split second.

And photography is the perfect medium to capture and presenting that patterns. Thru my own experience in this field, I tend to find irregularity beyond the patterns that came to my attention. Some of my mentors in photography even emphasize the importance of the pattern in creating outstanding photography works.

In short, pattern photography is the concept of integrating a repetition of elements into your photographs. Our daily lives are filled with repetitive patterns. Whether with shapes, colors, or textures, perfect examples of repetition exist all around us.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Seniors

The whole of 2020 has been a very strange year for most of us. The world was on its toe facing the threat of COVID-19 viruses. 

Many lives have been lost, the fatality number is staggering. Family torn apart, either directly became the casualty of the virus or get the impact of the pandemic that bring the economy to near recession. 

So it is logical for leaders of the world to push the innovation race for finding the vaccine for this mysterious virus. 

It is more than a year now since the first report of the COVID-19 formally announced to the world, and since then the effort for producing the vaccine is finally bring its results. 

In these last couple of months, Indonesia has become one of the first countries that aggressively distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to its citizen. After the health workers as one of the highest priorities to get the vaccine, the distribution process has spread to the Indonesian elderly citizen.

Not all Indonesian citizens respond positively to the COVID-19 vaccine distribution policy, considering the instant process of the newly developed production procedure. Even in the policy decision-making circle, the debate is still a hard bargain. It is understandable that humans are always worrying about something that new after all. 

Nevertheless, many have welcome the COVID-19 distribution and appreciate the government’s effort to make it free for the people of Indonesia. 

These glimpses of photo series serve as a symbolic gesture of appreciation for the struggle and sacrifice of many facing this terrible virus of COVID-19, that finally seen a little light of hope. 

Hope, maybe is all we got left after all the journey we have taken, and to keep the hope alive, we must endure and be brave for a better tomorrow. 

Tracking the ancient Spices trail of Java

Spices trade has changed the civilization in the Indonesia Archipelago.

History has shown, how Spain, Portuguese, Dutch, and later British have fought, conquer and colonize the people of Indonesia or also known as Nusantara found by the mysterious Majapahit kingdom, to dominate the spices trade route, harvest from these fertile lands.

The Chinese, Arabic, and African spices trader that has been trading in these islands before the Europeans also have left its heritage to the civilization thru cultural changing and particularly religious teachings. The spices trading route gave a direct impact on Islam teaching in Indonesia, which today has become one of the biggest Muslim population nations in the world.

Spread across the archipelago, one of the distinguished ancient heritage of the spices trading route can be found in Java island, which has been known for centuries as the main trading port and administration center of this archipelago.

To preserve the relict and heritage of these ancient trading routes, also giving the future generation access to study how the history of the spices trading in Indonesia gave an impact on its people, the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia has been actively promoting the initiative to make the Indonesia Spices trading route formally recognized as one of the World Heritage sites.

I was invited to join as part of a team conducting a rapid assessment in Cirebon, West Java, and Gresik, East Java to support this initiative. Our team consists of Archeology scholars and photographers, documenting sites scattered along Java Island.

When the museum become an ash

16 January 2016 morning. I received a short message from a colleague, there’s heavy smoke came out from inside the old building of Bahari Museum, one of the iconic landmark of old Batavia.

I rush my motorcycle across the town in a hurry to get there.

Arriving at the scene, the firefighters was already at work. The thick smoke make it difficult for breathing. I take my goggles with me as I walk to the closest safe area to take picture without intruding the firefighters at work.

The Maritime Museum in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, was razed by fire on Tuesday morning, 16 January 2018, at around 8:55 a.m, an official has said.

Museum head Husni Nizar said the fire had caused damage to the collection of miniature historical navigation equipment.

He added that the fire was first reported on the north side of the museum.

Energy for the nation

The workers of Refinery Unit VI in Pertamina Balongan, Indramayu, West Java, beamed with enthusiasm when I told them that I wanted to capture a story on energy production for the country. I was among eight photojournalists invited by state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina to work on a photo collaboration project to mark the company’s 60th anniversary.

These workers make up the human story behind the refinery’s busy operations. They take pride in what they do to provide energy for the country, and carry out their daily duties with professionalism. From regular staff members and safety supervisors to researchers and health officers, every worker believes in the importance of their tasks. They know that no part is too small to contribute to the entire process of producing energy.

At the age of 60, Pertamina still faces a number of challenges, but the strong dedication of its workers gives us hope that the country will have a future in terms of energy resilience amid the skyrocketing prices of global oil.

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