A unique blend of monochrome portraiture, texture, and sprinkling of post-production effects makes for somewhat haunting yet compelling imagery.
This week's Featured Photographer Rhendi Rukmana tells us about his style, his equipment, and his philosophy on shooting great images.
Where are you from?
I'm from Jakarta (Indonesia).
When/how did you get into photography?
It started about 10 years ago when I was in highschool. It was just some random snap from my Canon PowerShot SD1000
about highschool activity, not much. But then my friend ask me to do a portrait of her, and that was the beginning of my passion.
Tell is about your style of photography?
Mixing alot of element into one final frame, but trying to not over do it.
What camera equipment are you currently using and why?
I currently use 7D and 6D for still image, and 60D for a video. I use Canon because its durability and the quality of the image never disappoints me.
Where are you getting inspiration/influence for your images?
Neil Krug, Sebastian Kim and Hiroshi Sugimoto - they inspired me a lot, and trigger me to explore something new for myself.
Your images have an abstract monochrome style. What draws you to these aesthetics?
I love monochrome because it feels intimate. Honestly I'm not trying to pursuit an abstract style. I call it "simplicity of organized mess". Adding another element and texture into an image, but not destroying the "main focus" in it.
Tell us about your philosophy of how to shoot great images.
Every image is great, but, it depends to who you showing it to. Way back then I let my friend take a look to one of my images. He is really good with art and I asked for his opinion and critique, he said "what the story and idea behind it?". I said "I just like it", then he replied "then someone's image
with a story and idea is better than yours". Try to bring a story or an idea to the photo, it matters. And It takes a lot of time and patience to develop your own style, practice and exploration makes you better.
What are you using to edit your images?
I used Lightroom and Photoshop
What do you do when you’re not shooting?
Sometimes I help my friend with his work (the one that good with art). Sometimes I just surf in the internet looking for amazing photo and think "how did they create this image?" "can my picture be this great?" "how can i miss such an idea", you know, absorbing inspiration.
Do you have a favourite image that you've taken?
Yes I do. This is "self worries" (below) . I might say a friend's story about life, faith, hope, pain, anger.
Rhendi Rukmana - 'Self Portrait'
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