Purnama Tembagapura

Hai Alina,

Belum. Hari ini belum purnama. Rembulan belum bulat sempurna. Awan dan kabut bergantian menghalangi rupanya. Oh aku baru ingat surat ini harusnya kutulis besok. Seperti kebiasaanku yang kau tahu sejak lama, menulis di bawah remang cahaya. Namun kurasa dirimu tak keberatan kan?
Tembagapura begitu hening. Hanya aku dengan segelas kopi tubruk duduk di balkon memandang jauh pada kekosongan, kau bisa juga bilang kehampaan. Entah mana yang kau kehendaki. Bintang-bintang tertelan gelap malam, seakan langit melahap mereka semua. Menyisakan rembulan yang menyendiri. Kenapa tiba-tiba aku peduli kepadanya ya?
Di jaman sekarang ini mungkin kebanyakan manusia tak lagi urus untuk menatapnya. Hiruk-pikuk di kota, belum lagi bangunan-bangunan tinggi yang menjelma raksasa, dan lampu warna-warni. Akhirnya keberadaan rembulan pun tersisihkan. Sekedar hanya tengadah sembari meliriknya saja mungkin tak sempat.
Namun aku tidak. Aku di sini. Di jantung pegunungan Jayawijaya. Malam-malamku bisa saja kuhabiskan dengan melihat bulan. Jangkrik dan kumbang tumben sekali tak bersuara. Mungkin mereka sedang enggan, Al. Surat ini isinya tidak penting-penting amat. Aku mulai kehabisan bahan kata-kata indah, puisi-puisi, apalagi sajak. Kapan-kapan kutulis lagi ya.
Alina, aku teringat kita pernah mendengar sonata yang begitu indah. Sang penciptanya konon menggubahnya tanpa melihat tuts-tuts piano. Ia hanya memainkannya sembari memandang bulan purnama di luar jendela. Jari-jarinya seakan menerjemahkan kekagumannya akan bulan.
Di lain tempat ada pelukis gila yang dikurung di menara. Hanya ada kanvas yang entah sudah berapa lapis ditimpa karyanya dan cat-cat minyak yang tak lagi utuh, menyisakan biru, kuning, hitam, dan sedikit merah. Jendela berteralis memberi celah cahaya bulan untuk menyelusup dan membingkai langit. Ia kemudian melukis turbulensi malam berbintang.
Sungguh aku iri bagaimana maestro-maestro gila ini membuat karya-karya dengan memandang bulan. Apa mungkin mereka berbicara dengan bulan? Apa mungkin komposisi sonata atau campuran warna itu bulan yang bisikkan? Apa mungkin juga not-not dan goresan kuas itu bulan yang arahkan?

Ada baiknya aku bercakap-cakap lebih dekat dengan bulan.
Al, bulan depan aku pulang. Kamu mau dibawakan apa? Jangan bilang senja. Untuk yang satu ini pun aku sudah kehabisan. Aku masih ingat akhirnya terpaksa mengerat jingga di dekat cakrawala dan kini langit sore hanya menyisakan nila dan biru.
Balas surat ini kalau kau sedang senggang.
Dari aku.
Tembagapura, 14 September 2018
Jam sembilan malam lewat.
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Hening Tembagapura

Baju-baju kerja berlumur oli, pelindung kepala, sepatu dengan ujung besi diletakkan berbaris di pinggir lapangan.
Berganti dengan sepatu sepakbola.
Udara tipis dan kabut selapis menghampiri pula.
Nafas sedikit tersengal, namun kaki belum pegal.
Aku menapaki dan berlari keliling lapangan.
Gerimis datang pelan-pelan.
Aku tak lagi memperhatikan pertandingan.
Dalam hening Tembagapura, imajinasi ini riuh berpesta-pora.


Doa dari Bawah Tanah

“Bekerjalah dengan giat seakan-akan engkau hidup 1000 tahun lagi. Berdoalah dengan giat seakan-akan engkau mati besok”

Jam menunjukkan pukul 12 siang di hari Sabtu, 11 Agustus 2018. Operasi tambang bawah tanah di Deep Mill Level Zone (DMLZ) rehat sejenak. Beberapa karyawan menghabiskan waktu dengan mengobrol sambil makan nasi kotak. Ada di antaranya yang membawa bekal juga. Sekedar lauk tambahan. Aku belum merasa lapar, jadi kulihat-lihat sudut-sudut lain di area istirahat ini.

Aku berada di antara Mesjid Jami Baabul Munawar dan Gereja Oikumene Soteria yang saling bersebelahan. Kumandang adzan berselingan dengan lagu gospel. Loker-loker di luarnya dipenuhi peralatan tambang, kemudian para penambang membersihkan diri. Hiruk-pikuk suasana tambang bawah tanah beralih menjadi khusyuk dan khidmat seraya karyawan muslim dan kristiani memasuki rumah ibadah masing-masing.

Area DMLZ ini kira-kira 5km jauhnya dari gerbang AB Tunnel (Terowongan Ali Budiardjo), namun kupercaya doa-doa dengan suara lirih itu pasti terdengar jelas oleh yang Maha Mendengar.

Tembagapura

Fajar Kristianto

@fajarkris


Tembagapura, Blues, dan Pagi

Lagu Voodoo Child oleh Stevie Ray Vaughan menyalak kencang di telingaku seraya pagi menggeliat di Tembagapura.

“Well, I stand up next to the mountain, I’ll chop it down with the edge of my hand”

Lalu suara gitar itu melengking tinggi ditambah efek pedal “wah” dipijak sepatu kulit.

Kali ini ia mengaum!

Ini adalah pagi yang keras.

Ini adalah pagi yang beringas.

Peristiwa-peristwa berkelebatan. Bapak-bapak yang meludah pinang ke ujung got. Asap rokok mengepul. Serangga malam yang mati sesak. Derap kaki dalam sepatu-sepatu bot. Dan, kabut lalu menebal dan menelan kota ini.

Kami berbaris menghadap tebing kapur. Matahari kali ini habis dihajar kabut.

Langit mengabu.

Tapi pagi baru saja akan dimulai.

Mesin-mesin menderu. Truk-truk menggeram.

Dan raga kami tak mau mengalah.

“Well, I pick up the pieces and make an island. Might even raise a little sand.”

Ya, lagu ini ada benarnya. Maka gunung-gunung itu akan kami keruk, dengan tangan kami. Lalu kami buat pulau.

Katanya hidup itu keras. Memang, manusia harus keras kepada hidup.

Tembagapura, 6 Agustus 2018

Fajar Kristianto


Lens review: 7artisans 50mm F/1.1 M Mount featuring Ballet Academy Indonesia

With all the technology advancement on photography, name it monstrous resolution, quick autofocus, superb noise reduction, and many other factors, I admit it is less tempting for me to pace down with old equipments. But wait, this lens made by DJ-Optical known as 7artisans gives me some sort of “you had me at hello” feelings.

Though made for Leica M Mount, with adapter this lens could be paired with other camera brands. In my case, I’m using Sony A7R Mark III. Boasting over 40 megapixels, 10 frames per second, super wide range of ISO, two memory card slots, 4K video. Did I mention all of its features? Please help me do it. This combination is like pairing the past and present. Boom.

My review wouldn’t be that details, so I’ll put some key elements, price, built quality, weight, characteristics, and sample pictures.

Alright, here it is.

Price: the lens costs $369, I bought it at IDR 5.250.000. See their price list on this link.

Built quality: This lens is made of metal barrell with copper plate inside. It’s made in three colors, black, silver, and you’ll be excited about it, gold (it reminds of that fancy phone), which only produced in limited numbers. In the package you’ll find a plastic focus support that can be attached on the lens body and a screwdriver to adjust the focusing ring. Hmm.. interesting. Anyway, turn your focus peaking feature of you have an issue with your eye. Trust me, with F/1.1 it is a big chance you’ll miss your focus. Another thing, the click-less aperture ring is great for making video. Since I don’t, it somehow a challenge for me to pay attention and not losing track on what aperture I’m at.

Weight: this lens is quite small and light compared to my E-mount lenses. No issue with it.

Picture characteristics: frankly speaking, this is not the perfect lens at F1.1, the object will appear soft on the edges, so you’ll be questioning yourself whether or not it’s focused or blurred. It’s a lens you either like it or hate it. For me, I like it’s dreamy characteristics at open wide. Fun lens to have, also that vintage feelings though. The image seems to lose its contrast and saturation, but snap the aperture ring one stop and it will give a different result.

At F/1.4 until F/5.6 I still notice the fairly sharp image on the corner, but this doesn’t bother me.

Sample images: before going further, I would like to thank to Ballet Academy Indonesia for the collaboration especially the principal ballerina, Ms. Anindya Krisna and the soon to be Bolshoi ballerina, Sasha Fadilla.

Here are some pictures of them.

See other images on my Instagram, @fajarkris

The setup up I’m using:

Camera: Sony A7RIII

Lens: 7artisans 50mm F/1.1 M Mount

Editing software: Snapseed and Lightroom CC mobile

Thank you.


Ennichisai Blok M 2018

It’s been a while since my last post on my blog and it’s time to refresh my thumbs. Last week I went to an event called Ennichisai, which organized by Japanese living in Indonesia, especially Jakarta. There are also volunteers involved, both locals and foreigners. This annual event purposely to express their gratitude of the fortune they have made also to show the beauty of Japanese culture. It took place on the crowded alley of Little Tokyo, Blok M.

Here are some of pictures I took on the first day of the event.

Shimizu San is caught again in my frame, and this year his fellow Indonesians take part on his drum-dragging carnaval. This year event marks his eight years living in Indonesia as a tech-consultant. He likes the tropical climate which he perceives good for his health and he’s glad with his slightly tanned skin. Moreover, he enjoys working with his Indonesian co-workers and learning Indonesian. I could say he’s a fluent speaker now. I must learn Japanese in return.

Here are his pictures last year on the same event:

Next, the pictures of the Mikoshi

Mikoshi. It’s a Japanese tradition related to Shinto belief. The portable temple is believed as a place to stay for Shinto gods. During festival such as Matsuri or Ennichisai, the temple will be carried on shoulders by group of male, female, and kids.
What keeps my eyes locked on this parade is the traditional attire these males wearing. Underwear, boxers, and unique shoes.
Fundoshi, or Japanese traditional undergarment for male usually worn on festivals. This guy in the front wearing rokushaku fundoshi, which the oldest types of this underwear. He also wears Tabi, the traditional shoes which cut certain way and installed with thin rubber outsole.

There’s a surprise on the event. Hiromi Kano, notably known for her deep relationship with traditional Javanese music performed as a Sinden, a title given for female Javanese singer. Moreover, she speaks Solo dialect. I’m a Javanese, but I can’t do that, what a shame for me.

Here are some photos of her:

There were many other activities such as cosplay, food bazaar, band audition, and flash mob. But, the Bonten Taiko – the Japanese drum show- and the Mikoshi at the finale were the most anticipated on the schedule.

See my Instagram account for more pictures, @fajarkris

Thank you and arigatou.


Sony World Photography Awards 2017 & 2018; A blog marathon

Sony World Photography Awards Books & Trophies, 2017 (Down right) & 2018 (upper left)

“A picture tells a thousand words, but not necessarily the whole story”, this quote give an enlightenment to me on this bright Sunday morning. I feel obligated to share my experience on one of the biggest photography events in the world, not only by pictures also this short article. This year Sony and World Photo Organisation recorded over 200,000 photo submissions from 210 countries. I was beyond grateful to be awarded for the second consecutive year after winning an award last year. In 2017 I was selected as the winner of Indonesia National Award, and in 2018 I became the winner of Motion Category in Open Competition and the winner of Indonesia National Award. This has been the peak experience of my photography journey since I clicked my first image in 2005. If you’re curious about my winning pictures, please see below:

Sony World Photography Awards 2017

 

The Billiard Gangster

The Billiard Gangster, Shortlist Portraiture category – Open Competition, and Winner Indonesia National Award

Sony World Photography Awards 2018

The Highest Platform

The Highest Platform, Winner Motion category – Open Competition, and Winner Indonesia National Award

This year also a great achievement for Indonesia and Malaysia as we represented South East Asia for the photographer of the year nomination. I, Fajar Kristianto nominated for Open Competition and Mohd. Samsul. Mohd Said nominated for Professional Competition. He won the Current Affairs and News category – Professional Competition.

Here’s a picture of us before the gala dinner:

Sam & Fajar

Mohd. Samsul Mohd. Said (With Camera) & Fajar Kristianto (Without Camera)

If you want to see the complete list of the participants for this year, click this link below:

Sony World Photography Awards 2018 Winners

If you want to see the previous year, hit this one:

Sony World Photography Awards 2017 Winners

Moreover, here are the group picture of Sony South East Asia delegations for 2017 and 2018, sounds like a high level summit meeting?

The 2017 Group:

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The 2017 Sony SEA group in Brighton. Taken using Playmemories Remote App

The 2018 Group:

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Wait, where’s On-in?

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The 2018 Group at Hook Norton Brewery

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The 2018 Group at Broughton Castle

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Gentlemen, raise up your trophies! Chin Boon Leng (SINGAPORE), Fajar Kristianto (INDONESIA), Min Ly (CAMBODIA), Mohd. Samsul Mohd Said (MALAYSIA), Achinta Dahanayake (SRI LANKA), Trung Pham Huy (VIETNAM), Paranyu Pithayarungsarit (THAILAND)

On this wonderful opportunity I’d would like to thank Sony South East Asia and Sony Indonesia for arranging unforgettable trips.

What could be better than winning a photography award, the prize from Sony, and a trip to UK? Yes, winning it twice. On this part I’d like to share about the trip in 2017 and 2018. On both trips I tried my best to spend my time for taking pictures and exploring the cities we went. But wait, Sony also equipped us with the newest camera and lenses in the market. We were given chances to try them out.

UK Trip (2017 and 2018)

In 2017, besides London, the South East Asia group went to Brighton, Sussex, and a winery manufacture. I was more than excited to pair my Sony A7R Mark II with Sony SEL 70-200 F/2.8 G Master and Sony SEL 24-70 F/2.8 G Master lenses. Here are some shots from the trip:

In 2018, besides London, we went to Cotswolds, Worchestershire, and Hook Norton Brewery Manufacture. During this trip I challenge myself to use one lens for covering the whole trip, though I changed on some shots. I paired my Sony A7R Mark II with Sony FE 12-24 F/4 G lens. Here are some of them:

It’s more than just a trip. Sony World Photography Awards not only has gained the exposure towards my works but also connected me with talented photographers around the world. I expanded my knowledge and networks during the trip. Between events on our itinerary we went together taking pictures and discussed about many things not limited to photography.

Here are some pictures of us:

I can’t thank enough to Sony for the accommodation during the trip. We stayed in great hotels in the central London (Seriously it’s only 15 minutes away from the Buckingham Palace), in Brighton with great sunset, and centuries preserved building and castle in Cotswolds area. Sony also hosted lunches and dinners at famous restaurants.

 

For photography enthusiasts and everyone who read this short blog, I encourage you to explore your visual creativity and submit your works to Sony World Photography Awards 2019. They will open for submissions in June 2018 until January 2019.

Good Luck!

 

Fajar Kristianto


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Pemangkas Rambut Ko Tang

Membiarkan diri tersesat di dalam gang-gang pecinan Glodok, Jakarta, bisa membawa kepada berbagai macam hal. Kali ini saya berniat untuk kembali ke Gang Gloria untuk sekedar minum Kopi Susu panas di Kopi Es Tak Kie. Namun mata seperti di bawa untuk melihat tempat pangkas rambut yang saya rasa sudah berada di tempat ini lebih dari umur saya.

Kebetulan rambut saya sudah tiga bulan dibiarkan tak terurus. Sebuah alasan yang tepat untuk sekalian foto-foto, saya pikir. Hari itu saya bersama seorang teman dan istrinya, Aditya dan Smita, mencoba pelayanan tempat ini. Oh iya, lokasinya di Jalan Pintu Besar Selatan III No. 10, atau orang-orang lebih tahu Gang Gloria.



Saat kami masuk Ncik Yeye di meja kasir sedang asik bercakap-cakap dengan Ko Pi Cis. Keduanya sudah puluhan tahun bekerja di sini. Saudari tua Ncik Yeye menghampiri dan sedikit bercanda dengan adiknya. Ko A Pauw terlihat serius dengan pelanggan.

Saya dan Aditya menunggu sebentar, Smita duduk di bangku sembari mulai membuka buku sketsa gambarnya.

Meski peralatan pangkas rambut listrik sudah biasa digunakan, namun peralatan tradisional tetap jadi pilihan. Sikat dan kuas untuk busa cukur ditempatkan di baki. Berbagai  ukuran gunting, pisau silet, dan sisir berjajar di sampingnya. 

Bagian pertama: pangkas!

Aditya dengan Ko A Pauw, saya dengan Ko A Ciauw. Seperti biasa, kami diskusi untuk menentukan model potongan dan lainnya. Para pemangkas rambut ini sudah berumur di atas enam puluh tahun. Pengabdian dan karir yang panjang. Singkat cerita, rambut kami sudah terlihat rapi dan mendapat bonus pijat punggung, leher, dan kepala.

Bagian Kedua: Korek Kuping!

Pelayanan ini belum pernah saya lihat di tempat pangkas rambut lain. Bola lampu diarahkan dekat ke lubang telinga dan mereka menggunakan beberapa alat untuk mengeluarkan kotoran. Awalnya saya agak ragu, tapi pasrah saja lah. Kapan lagi keluar tempat pangkas dengan pendengaran lebih jelas kan? Haha..maaf saya berlebihan.

Menurut Ko A Ciauw, keahlian ini tidak selalu dimiliki para pemangkas. Pelajaran dan prakteknya pun memakan waktu yang tidak sebentar.

Bagian ketiga: Keramas!

Nah, di sini lah para staf perempuan beraksi. Ramuan shampoo dan pijatan di kepala menjadi pembuka. Berbeda dengan pangkas rambut pada umumnya, pelanggan akan menunduk pada wastafel ketika mereka membilas rambutnya. Kemudian beberapa handuk hangat yang baru diuap dibalurkan di wajah. Ya ampun, sungguh menghilangkan segala kepenatan selama seminggu ini.

Bagian terakhir: Pengeringan!

Rambut ditata apik, disisir, dan dikeringkan dengan pengering rambut. 

Tidak berlebihan, ini baru pertama kali saya melihat garis lurus di kepala sendiri saat disisir oleh kakak Ncik Yeye. Wow!

Tarifnya hanya Rp. 90.000 (Sembilan puluh ribu rupiah) belum termasuk tip seikhlasnya. Lebih dari sekedar pantas untuk semua pelayanan tadi. 

Ncik Yeye bilang, “Jangan lama-lama kembalinya. Bulan depan kemari lagi ya”

Ko Pi Cis kemudian duduk di samping kursi pangkasnya sembari membuka koran. Pemandangan yang apik sesaat sebelum meninggalkan Pemangkas Rambut Ko Tang.

Jakarta, 9 Desember 2017

Fajar