For over a year I have been working on a new body of work here*now, a photography portrait series about the Inner Beauty of Indonesians. In a time where many talk about diversity and difference, I was keen to examine what binds us together. Inside my simple studio in Jakarta, I photographed over 50 Indonesians – women, men, warias (cross-dressers, transsexuals and transgenders) aged between 20 and 80 years old, which are passionate chefs and baristas, young entrepreneurs, accomplished athletes, mothers, fathers, loved social influencers,dancers, beautiful yogis, makeup artists, sex workers, famous musicians, popular artists and talented fashion designers. Each person I photographed twice; once in their favorite clothes and once almost bare in a white cloth which was made especially for this project, by Chitra Subyakto, the creative soul of Indonesian fashion and textile house Sejauh Mata Memandang. These sessions, and the photographs, that resulted provide a glimpse into the lives of the people we are surrounded by. Within my small studio, I was humbled. I was shown such openness, startling honesty, vulnerability, quirkiness, sadness, tears, raw beauty, strength and intimacy.
The book here*now, published by @afterhoursbooks, is in print as we speak and I am so excited to be able to hold it in my hands soon…
Here*now will be available by March 1 2018