Sunday, August 22, 2010

Today's Kids Will Never Experience

Here are the top 10 things that today’s kids will never experience in 2014 according to Time :

Camera Film, Landline Phones, Real Books, Being Lost, Music Videos on MTV, Walkmans, The Glory Days of Nick at Night, Tan M&Ms, Czechoslovakia, Arnold Schwarzenegger – The Terminator.

When I read those list, my first reaction was those kids don’t have to wait until 2014, even today they have not experienced the Camera Film, Walkmans, The Glory Days of Nick at Night.

Just pick an example of Camera Film, they never experienced how we have to carefully choose to take a picture or how do we have to wait until the film been printed. That for kids, what about the young people, I bet they also never experienced the dark room or the enlarger. They don’t have those kind of luxurious anymore.

What about walkmans ? I remember when I clean up my old things and I found out my first sonny walkman. I can not forget my little daughter reactions, raising her eyebrows and asked me in her curiosity tone before finally she ran out and called her sister to show her invention of “cave man” things.

The Glory Days of Nick at night ? Don’t wait until 2014, even today my kids never ever heard of Bewitched – my favorite TV show – or even The Braddy Bunch. I once found those complete series of Braddy Bunch and show it to my little daughter, and as predicted her reaction like “Euw, it’s so 70’s, come on we are not live in cave man period anymore, why should I watch that movie”.

Do I feel pity for my kids because they never experienced those kinds of things ? Well … not at all, because world is evolving, so do human being. We can not stop the world evolve. We also evolving, compare to our mother, where television evolve from black and white to color.

What I feel when I read the article was how I miss my childhood and how lucky I am because I have the chance to be part of The Glory Days of Nick at Night or The Tan M&Ms or The Camera Film.

Just wondering 10 years from now, what kind of things that future kids will never experienced.

The Voice of the Minority

“Of all our precious freedoms, the most important may be the freedom to worship as we wish… I believe that this is an important test of the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetime – as important a test – and it is critically important that we get it right.”

“The simple fact is this building is private property, and the owners have a right to use the building as a house of worship. The government has no right whatsoever to deny that right… lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question – should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion? That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here.”

“As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.”

When I head Obama speech I was so envy with American people. They have a leader who bravely stand up and speak for the minority religion in America, even though his speech could decrease his popularity among the Americans.

I can not imagine the same situation will happen in Indonesia, where our President stand up and speak for the minority religion in Indonesia – in this case not Moslem but Christian, Budha, Hindu and the non-believers.

But when I read the protest of the American people regarding Obama endorsed allowing a mosque near ground zero, suddenly I felt pity to moslem people in America.

Live in a country where the majority is Islam and experienced the difficulties as Moslem people in America when it comes to space for pray, I can imagine their feeling, their frustration.

As a Catholic in Indonesia, we can not build the church if the neighborhood did not give us the permission even though we own the land. After the church bombing several years before, our Christmas and Easter mass always guarded with “Pemuda Ansor” – Nahdlatul Ulama “, where they give us protection from other Islam fanatical do their protest.

I know how it feels when every eye stares at me just because I am wearing a short and tank top for my jogging. Not to mention the cocktail gown, I feel like I am a bitch.

Therefore, when I read the news of the protesters in NY City, I said to myself, so this it, wherever you go, if you are minority, you will get the same treatment.

That kind of attitude will end only if every human being realizes that there is a lot of religion out there and it is the right of every human being to choose their religion which fit with their needs.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Life

“Taking interesting picture every day”, that was the email I receive from my past self. I wrote those statement 3 years ago when I decided to quit from corporation world. I didn’t remember clearly the reason I wrote that statement but one thing that I know, I love photography as much as I love to write as much I love to read.

My 1st acquaintance with photography starts when I was in elementary school. My belated dad introduced me with Henri Cartier Bresson photo. I remember he told me the story of Henri Cartier Bresson, of how powerful a photo itself, about the moment capture through the snapshot.

Start from that day, I was so obsessed with a snapshot aka street photography. I told myself, that one day I will be able to take a picture like Henri Cartier Bresson.

Why Snapshot and why it should be snapshot ? Because snapshot is a photo that is taken in a short moment of opportunity, you don’t have a chance to re-take the moment, once the moment gone then you lose it.

After longing for so many years, finally 1,5 years after my beloved dad passed away, I decided to learn about photography seriously.

Therefore, 2 months ago, I enrolled to a photography course; have new friends, seriously taking picture ... can't say much only "What a new life !"

A new life where finally I feel that I’m on the right track, like am entering my dream world, where there’s no word, only the moment itself. I feel like am in heaven every time I view life from the viewfinder of my camera, no one can stop me.

A life that there’s no sound at all, all silence only the fragment of life, where I can’t freeze the time nor rewind the life. It’s now or never.

Like Henri Cartier Bresson said “Life is once ... Forever”