It is always a real pleasure for all of us to view the splendid imagery of Gunarto. This great artist has a wonderful ability to photograph such varied subject matter and make them all into works of art. Discover more about the man behind his images. Thanks to Yvette Depaepe for conducting the interview.
Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs.
My name is Gunarto Gunawan, in photography I am also known as Gunarto Song. I was born in Cilacap, Central Java in 1976. I self-taught photography in 2011 and was helped by a friend who had been in photography earlier. I own several retail outlets for glasses; that is my daytime job.
How have your history and life experiences affected your work and what first attracted you to photography?
A friend of mine ( Mr. Herry Sobiran) invited me to try photography and with the support of my wife I left my previous hobby (bowling) which I had been doing for 10 years That’s when I started my new pastime: photography.
Which are your most important experiences that have influenced your art?
At the beginning, I was motivated by Indonesian photographers whose artworks are known internationally. Then I started joining domestic and international photographic communities, one of them is 1x.com. It opened my eyes and I got the ambition to have the same level of photos. At first, my motivation was to get my photos published and have the appreciation of the photographic community and I was very proud when I got appreciation from 1x, since it’s not that easy to take photos that can be accepted at 1x.
I used to imagine when I joined 1x to get 100 published photos, and now after almost 5 years of struggles I have only 3 more left to accomplish this goal and I am sure to reach it.
Why are you so drawn by Landscape, Nature and Macro photography?
When I started Photography, I concentrated for almost 2 years exploring macro photography in which I found the beauty of the macro world which can’t be seen with the naked eye.
Describe your favorite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
This is my first published photo in 1x. Thank you 1x.com!
Winner of “New Eyes”. The third international travel photography competition.
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
For me 1x is one of the best photo communities in the world where I can learn a lot and get inspiration from other 1x photograher colleagues. I hope 1x will progress and innovate ever more in the photography world community.
At this moment, I would like to thank my team mates, Narsis Photography, Jenny Tan and Charles Amaya who supported me and accompanied me on my photo trips.