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.

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.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/multimedia/2017/12/13/oil-refinery-energy-for-the-nation.html

LENS CULTURE PHOTOBOOK 2016 – Goethe House Jakarta

Lakina of Kahedupa