Artist Feature: Hengki Koentjoro

'Bromo', by Hengki Koentjoro

Indonesia is blessed with breathtaking and enchanting natural treasures and Mount Bromo is simply one of them. It is certainly one of the most famous and most photographed highlands in Indonesia.
Of all places, Bromo is without a doubt my favorite place to photograph, specially to capture the mystery and mysticism of the Indonesian landscape.

For this purpose, we woke up early at 4 am and with a 4 WD we went to the world’s most famous viewpoint at Mt. Pananjakan on the rim of the Tengger caldera to see the sunrise. With a sturdy tripod I mounted my DSLR camera and set the speed on Bulb and took a couple of exposures around one to three minutes of exposure.

I love Surrealism and the long exposure will give that effect as the moving smoke from the caldera become a smooth-velvety haze covering the mountain creating a mystical atmosphere. I came from the old school. I believe what Ansel Adam said, that you should ‘make photograph instead of duplicating it’. B&W in particular gives me more flexibility for personal interpretation. It is rich in mysteries and evokes stronger emotion.

Born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, on March 24, 1963, Hengki Koentjoro is an accomplished black and white photographer. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California, where he majored in video production and minored in the fine art of photography.

Hengki returned to Indonesia to become a freelance videographer/editor, specializing in nature documentaries and corporate profiles, and now lives in Jakarta with his wife Lana and their three children. Hengki is a part time practitioner of the art of black and white photography, which he believes to be his true purpose in life’s journey of expression. You can see more of his work on DeviantArt and his portfolio on Art Limited.

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