I’m sure fifteen years ago only few Indonesians know how to take a picture. Today, almost all Indonesians know how to take pictures with their gadget. Indonesian don’t want to miss any moment and love to share it with others through social media. I try to identify the types of photography that the Indonesians love the most, in no particular order, here are they:
Two days ago, I was attending a conference and shared the round table with some prominent persons, including a country director, a diplomat and an assistant of someone-important. Let’s call this lady Ms. Jane Doe. Our eyes were focused on the stage, enjoying a group of disabled kids dancing. Miss Jane Doe, like most Indonesians, took few pictures with her low-quality blackberry. No matter how many times she click her blackberry the result were
not never good, it’s blackberry!
Determined to get a great picture, she then turned herself, facing us, raised her hand a bit and took her self-potrait with the dancers as a background. I guess, by adding her face in the scene, the moment looks much better. None of us laugh but we were all amazed by her narcissism. She was not the only person with narcissistic personality disorder, I spotted an old guy, in the same conference, did the same thing.
When it comes to self-photography, the shy Indonesians have no shame.
Jump Photo & Chibi-chibi
A colleague asked me why Indonesians so obsess with jump picture. I honestly do not know why Indonesians like this pose but It might have something to do with the fact that we don’t like taking only one picture. The first picture is usually normal smiling picture, followed by free style photo, then ugly face, chibi-chibi and to end the session jump photo.
The other style that we
like love is chibi-chibi. The style is so famous until our president, SBY, has his chibi-chibi photo. Google it and you’ll find it amusing.
Picture above was taken from here
Before enjoying meal, the Japanese say itadakimasul, the French say bon appétit, while the Dutch say eet smakelij. Here in Indonesia, instead of saying grace or greeting others before meal, we take picture of our meal. Then it’ll be put it Social media like Instagram, Path and Facebook. This is our way to thank the mother nature for the meal and sharing with our friends. If we couldn’t share the food, at least we could share the pictures. The most important thing is: we love to share.
I must admit that I occasionally do it, especially when visiting a restaurant I’ve never been too. Here is my favorite picture:
Another thing that Indonesians love is to ask favor from a waiter/ waitress to take their
picture pictures. The waiter/waitresses must take perfect picture pictures, if he/ she fail to do it, then the patrons will ask her/him to retake it, again and again. The poor waiter/es he/she always has to take picture with different mobile phones, depend on the number of the people in the group. To complete the torture, patrons normally don’t leave any tips for the waiter/ waitresses.
We, Indonesia think that the job description of waiter and waitresses is including taking picture. Restaurant in Indonesia should start putting photography skill as requirement when hiring staff. They should also do a test on how to take picture with DSLR, pocket camera, iphone, blackberry or other smart phone.