by Zaiceka Ahmed
“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”
No quote rings so true. In a world plagued with conflicts and meaningless wars contrived by egocentric grown ups, and our own lives doubled under the burden of bills, work, and numerous other responsibilities, the point of adulthood is a wonder.
Jakarta based photographer, Rarindra Prakarsa, freezes the fleeting moments of unadulterated bliss innate to childhood in mesmerising shots. Not surprisingly, his work has attracted international acclaim, and is frequently featured in magazines across the globe.
How often do we wish to go back to our younger years?
“I studied graphic arts in Polytechnic University of Indonesia and one of the subject was photography. That was about 20 years ago. It was analog era and I really enjoyed spending my time in dark-room for processing the film and manual printing. So, at the same time I was falling in love with graphic arts and photography.
I love everything about humans (ordinary people) – their interaction with another human, with their environment, and how they execute their daily activities within their culture. And mostly my subjects are children, because children are universal. They behave as a kids, not as a people who are already influenced by culture, religion, etc
I want to convey their natural emotion but based on the story I want to tell my audience. For example, I don’t want to show a sad expression on their face while they are playing. It doesn’t represent the story about children.
I guess I’m drawn to find art in regular occurrences because my family loves art. My late Father was not an artist but he collected many music CD’s and some paintings, and sometimes took his children to an exhibition. Mother was an artist even though not a professional one, painting and singing very well.” – Rarindra Prakarsa
The following photographs were shot in a village named Rumpin, West Java.