Be Enthralled In Yogyakarta!

Jogya Airport

At Changi International Airport Terminal 1, awaiting to board our flight to Yogyakarta on 6th March 2015.

Our whole trip from 6th – 9th March 2015 in Yogyakarta was a damper! I meant literally. It rained everyday and there goes our sunrise sunset photography outings. Our first sunset stop was turned around when the sky cleared and we didn’t want to give up on Prambanan Temple.

Yogyakarta Prambanan Temple

This photo is not the main temple but one of the smaller ones, Candi Utama Utara.
Again, I am very honoured to have walked this scared grounds during my recent trip to Yogyakarta (6th-9th March 2015).

“The Prambanan temple is the largest Hindu temple of ancient Java, and the first building was completed in the mid-9th century. The present name of the temple, ‘Prambanan’, was derived from the name of Prambanan village where the temple stood. Originally there were 240 temples in this temple compound of Prambanan temple complex, aka Rara Jonggrang Complex. In 14 February 2014, major tourist attractions in Yogyakarta and Central Java, including Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko, were closed from visitors, after being severely affected by the volcanic ashes from the eruption of Kelud volcano in East Java, located around 200 kilometres east from Yogyakarta.” – excerpts from Wikipedia.

Yogyakarta Prambanan Temple

This was another hard to edit photo I took of the Prambanan Temple but I’m going to let the noise and grains stay.
After much deliberation, I feel they add character to the photo.
I hope you agree. Or maybe not. But here’s my take.

Before Prambanan Temple, we went to Kisworo’s uncle house for some conceptual photography. Our lunch was eaten in the bus on the way from the airport to this destination.

Yogyakarta Conceptual

Through the years, through all the good and bad, I still love you.
You may not remember me.
Everyday I have to remind you who you are, who I am.
Life is challenging and an everyday adventure with you still, my darling, but remember?
Do you remember, the times of your life?
You must know him!

“Conceptual Photography – as a methodology, conceptual photography is a type of photography that is staged to represent an idea. The “concept” is both preconceived and, if successful, understandable in the completed image. In short, these photos are therefore produced to visualise a predetermined concept.” – Wikipedia. org

Yogyakarta Conceptual

Titled: Awaiting The Prodigal Son.

Because Conceptual Photography is not widely used or consistently applied, I have friends asking me what is the story behind my images. In the case of “Awaiting The Prodigal Son”, my preconceived fictional notion is that a father’s love is faithful. His vision may have been blurred by cataracts but he remembered this was the direction his son left, many moons ago. He awaits his first born so that the fattened calf (now an old cow) could be slaughtered to celebrate the child’s return.

The next day (after Borobudur) we had another session of conceptual photography in a pottery barn. The 3 photos below make up for one story so I have twisted the idea of a single image predetermined concept into a mini series.

Yogyakarta Pottery Barn

A young potter – full of dreams .
“My life is like the piece of clay in my hand. I will not let anyone mold it for me.”

Yogyakarta Pottery Barn

“Your life is a piece of clay, don’t let anyone mold it for you is a bit unrealistic.
We are molded by everything around us and we are an amalgamation of influences imposed on us from outside sources.” – Stephen Robison

Yogyakarta Pottery Barn

Titled: Evaporated.
Now an old disillusioned potter…
A potter’s dream shattered, so to the angel of death he said, “I’m ready”.

“Sickness, insanity and death were the angels that surrounded my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life.” – Edvard Munch

Yogyakarta Pottery Barn

Well, not all scars show, not all wounds heal. Sometimes, you can’t always see the pain someone else feels.

“It is a cruel, ironical art, photography. The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to be evaporated into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down….” ― Kate Morton, The House at Riverton.

Please note that this is conceptual photography and not the real life stories of the subjects in my photos. I have had someone screaming at me for “speaking on behalf” of another subject in a photo I posted because the subject was his friend and that my caption was in conflict with his character. Having said that, you know what? I think I like pessimistic conceptual photography. If it’s a genre.

Back to reality! See you at the beach in my next post 😉

Happy traveling and bonding 😀

Date of trip: 6th March 2015

6 Responses to “Be Enthralled In Yogyakarta!”
  1. Just as I write for myself, to maintain my sense of purpose,
    and photograph the flowers for my blog because nature
    doesn’t give me any negative feedback, I feel that the person
    who aims the camera, frames the view, pushes the shutter release,
    and edits the end product to tell a story that is satisfying to
    their creative needs, they are the true artist and who cares about
    what the critics think.
    Critics are usually those who can’t, so they make believe that they can.
    Kudos for bravely exploring your medium.
    Enjoy the learning curve, satisfy your own creative needs
    and know that you have an outlet that many enjoy seeing.
    Love, hugs and keep on snapping away… ME

  2. wingedprisms says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  3. Jessica says:

    Wow!!! Sam, what amazing, poignant photos. Sometimes rain is a good thing. I’m sorry you had such a wet trip, but glad you made it back safely and thanks for sharing!

    • Sam Han says:

      Hi Jessica!!! Sorry for not keeping up. My daughter is pregnant 😀 I’m gonna be a granny this August, hahaha… Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment 😀

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