FROM THE EYES OF JATIDIRI ONO
Jatidiri Ono has done it all: graphic designer, conceptor, and photographer for fashion, editorial, lifestyle, documentary and wedding photography. His photographs are best known for it’s storytelling ability through its cinematic color.
We had the opportunity to talk to Jatidiri Ono about his story, inspiration, and travel destination.
HOW DID YOU BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER?
I learned photography when I was in high school and got new different perspectives for photography when I was in university. Actually I’ve buried my dream to become a photographer for some reasons, and then I became a full-time graphic designer. Until I realized that graphic design and photography are just two different canals for me to balance the satisfactory. I shall thank to my closest friends who constantly encourage me to keep pursuing my passion in photography.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK OR THE WAY YOU SHOOT?
To be honest, I have no idea how to describe my works. But I've been told by my closest friends and even my clients that my works look cinematic. They said the mood is quite strong in my photos. Sometimes it looks warm, sometimes it looks gloomy like I'm celebrating the darkness.
WHAT’S THE MAIN INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORKS?
Movies, video games and stories.
FAVORITE TIME TO SHOOT?
Whenever I feel happy. Well, I love the sunlight during the autumn season, especially after 2 PM.
YOU RECENTLY CAME BACK FROM A TRIP TO IRAN. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT?
Yes! Since years, I've been intrigued by the question "when was the last time you did something for the first time?". I've never been to the Middle East before, and I've seen a lot of great and legit travel journal about Iran. When I found the best deal on flight tickets to Tehran - Iran, I booked them immediately. Two weeks experiencing the rich culture, the genuine hospitality from the people, and the exotic food, it was the best trip I've ever had! As a person whom unconsciously got brainwashed by the media, I firmly believe that Iran is one of the misunderstood country on earth.
ANY DIFFICULTY WHEN YOU SHOOT WHILE YOU TRAVEL?
Timing. Oh and manner comes first! As a traveler, I am the guest and i don't want to be rude. I don't want to make the people I take a photograph of feel uncomfortable, to feel like they are in a human zoo. Therefore, manner and chemistry is important. Make a conversation, hear their stories, and the rest is your choice.
All photos are from his recent travel to Iran.