The “I” of the Beholder
Written by Cameron Lee
It’s rare in life to be able to astonish. With rules of chance and probability consistently serving up a feast of hot trends that invoke historic character and motif; how do we truly astonish when the past weighs so heavily on our future? Where do we look for guidance into the unknown? How do we create art that is in itself able to justify the term astonish? The unexpected seems some how unattainable in modern society and sadly makes some sense. Art, fashion, and music of early civilizations were in many cases the first of their kind. Without the use of technology to help offer up an array of promotional editorial spreads, videos, blog rambles and more, the past treasures of art and fashion were able to attain a much higher shock value when introduced to foreign soil for the first time. So how do we create this same reaction when media accessibility seems to be closing the gap between the “who’s who” of the fashion forward and the marvels of imitation? Continually bombarded by new facebook pages and look-alike artists, distinguishing the truly remarkable can be a daunting task. Paving a new path for collaboration and the enhancement of the arts, ASTONISH Magazine strives for innovation of creativity, by taking hold of the reigns of chance and probability to provide an accessible foundation for invention and evolution through communication. To demolish convention and celebrate the avant-garde, ASTONISH brings light to the hidden minds that may still lie buried beneath the gloss of luxury publications in hopes of guiding talent towards a higher purpose…to ASTONISH. Love, Lust and Desire paint the pages of our first issue in a theme that calls for its readers to plunge into a collection of exciting and uncertain realms. The affinity of affection, the pursuit of passion and the depths of desire are ignited by the brilliant works of many emerging talents in what can be described as an explosive first issue. Hakim Satriyo, an Indonesian based photographer and stylist whose raw, emotive style graces our front cover had a chance to offer up a little incite on his past, interests and future endeavors.
ASTONISH: How did you venture down the path of becoming a photographer and stylist?
HAKIM: I started picking up photography as a hobby when I was in high school. The first camera I ever had was one my mother used when she was younger. I started to use this camera to practice taking beauty shots of women, and when I got to college I asked my parents for an SLR. I was studying product design but always had a passion for photography and fashion so I decided to pursue my hobby. I loved to put together outfits for my friends and I but lacked technical training so I would collect unique accessories and clothing to make my photos more catchy and interesting
ASTONISH: What can the Americas and Europe learn from your work?
HAKIM: By publishing my work I hope that I could tell the world that Indonesia has a great quality of art as well as international marketability. I love introducing my beautiful country to the world in hopes that they’ll come here and experience the beauty and warmth of Indonesian people for themselves.
ASTONISH: What emotion were you trying to capture in the cover image of our first issue?
HAKIM: What I was trying to create was love, lust and desire of self. I wanted to tell people that if they love themselves first, everything else just falls into place. If they have the desire to achieve their dreams then they will also experience the driving force, lust.
ASTONISH: Your images have an interesting use of light and motion, what moments/emotions do you favor capturing the most?
HAKIM: I really don’t like to use that much light in my images, I much prefer dark photos that have an edgy and romantic sensation to them. I am inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting La Belle Ferroniere which depicts a woman with a black back ground paired with warm romantic browns of the wood. While she has a flat facial expression you cant help but get the sense that there is a lot of meaning behind the painting.
ASTONISH: What is the most difficult emotion for you to create in your shoots and how do you get your models to embody certain moods?
HAKIM: To be honest I haven’t experienced a difficult emotion to create yet. I always brief the models on my concept for the shoot, and by getting to know each others likes and dislikes we can build a good chemistry for a successful shoot.
ASTONISH: Between Love Lust and Desire, which do you find the most inspiring?
HAKIM: The most inspiring? I think all of them. Well, maybe l would say love. I love to emphasize the romantic side and through this lust and desire will arise.
ASTONISH: How do you fuel your creative endeavors?
HAKIM: I observe myself, my home, things that surround me like friends, work and also situations that affect my country. I stay in tune with things that are going on in the world and also listening to music gives me a creative boost.
ASTONISH: Any new project you are working on?
HAKIM: I’m working on an ad campaign for an up and coming Indonesian designer Nikicio for her latest collection
ASTONISH: What is your dream come true?
HAKIM: At the moment I can say that I have made my dream come true. However, I don’t want to stop here. I feel that there is always something better in the future as long as you believe it, and no matter how slow it happens don’t ever give up.
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