Archive for January, 2008

Moonlight Club, Jakarta

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

While following Etta around taking photos for her book, we ended up at a club for the ‘gender challenged’. Etta believes in supporting the gay cause, as they’re the people who do her hair and makeup for TV(!)
Seems like a colourful community in a country which can be very intolerant.
They heavily took the p**s out of me while I was photographing… perils of the job…
One of the nights we were there was World Aids Day, and it was quite a touching moment when everyone in the club prayed after having been given a candle each.

Moonlight Club
Moonlight Club
Moonlight Club
Moonlight Club
Moonlight Club
Moonlight Club

Bertha McCarthy

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Some photos of Etta for her forthcoming book…

Bertha McCarthy
Bertha McCarthy
Bertha McCarthy
Bertha McCarthy
Bertha McCarthy
Bertha McCarthy
Bertha McCarthy

Dewa Budjana

Monday, January 28th, 2008

I went to this gig a couple of months ago, it was a huge media event as he was launching a new book and is one of Indonesia’s best known jazz/fusion guitarists. Not really my taste that evening, but I hear there’s a lot more to him than what I heard at this one event.

Dewa Budjana
Dewa Budjana

Selamat Jalan, Pak Suharto

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

It’s 5:30am and I just had the surreal experience of visiting the recently deceased former Indonesian president Suharto. Apparently I’m the only photographer who was allowed to photograph his body at his private home where friends, family and colleagues were paying their respects. This meant I could only stand in a designated place for a very quick period of time, so it was very hard to get a decent photo. I’m not really interested in politics, but this chap had a very interesting part in Indonesia’s history to say the least.
The person in these photos is Mamiek Soeharto, the youngest daughter.

Selamat Jalan, Pak Suharto
Selamat Jalan, Pak Suharto

BTW, ‘Selamat Jalan, Pak Suharto’ was the constant caption on all the TV channels (mostly owned by the Suharto family). Selamat Jalan means ‘goodbye’, but literally it means ‘good walking’… you say it when someone leaves to go somewhere else. It seems a strange way to say goodbye to somebody who died… I would have thought ‘Good Flying’, or something similar would be more appropriate.