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Angela Muliani Hartojo: Photographer of the week

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 19th October 2020 

To Angela Muliani Hartojo, photography is a tool for capturing a moment or an object and visualizing it into an image that is alive, can tell a story and create a certain mood for the viewers.  Angela's work is very diversified because she likes to take pictures of anything providing her the challenge of different levels of difficulty that she wants to learn.  But undoubtedly, all her photos tell a story and all have an exquisite mood. 

Let's wander through her portfolio and learn more about this lovely and sensitive heart-minded lady artist.


'Sad Morning'


Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs, dear Angela.
My full name is Angela Muliani Hartojo, usually called Angela which is also my baptismal name. I was born in 1965 and currently I live in Jakarta.
I am a mother of 2 children, a boy and a girl.
My husband C.S. Tjandra is also a member of 1x. 
You can read here his interview, if you are interested.
We are both Architects but we work in different fields. I have been busy working as an interior contractor for 18 years.  In 2014 I closed my company because I barely had time for myself and my family. After that I started to enjoy my life by travelling a lot and developing my hobby in photography.

How has your history and the life experiences affected your photography? Which are most   important experiences that has influenced your art?

Because of my busy work, I could only travel with my family and at that time only took pictures of my children. So, it was enjoyable when in 2008 a group of friends asked me to join them hunting for photos, ranging from macro, animal, sport and others. From here I seriously started to develop my photography skills by participating in many national and international salons of photography from 2011 to early 2014. I learned a lot from the participants’ photos and this I received some distinction awards, ARPS, EPSA, EFIAP, GPUcr3.

What first attracted you to photography?

I became interested in it when I took a photography class in my architecture master’s degree program at Univ. of Colorado at Denver in 1992.My first camera was Nikon N6006.

Describe your overall photographic vision?

For me, photography is a tool for capturing a moment or an object and visualizing it into an image that is alive, can tell a story and create a certain mood for the people who see it.





'In the Desert'



'The Followers'


You have your very own style but your work is very diversified. Can you explain why this is?
I like to take pictures of anything. For me it is interesting and provides a challenge that must be learned because it has different levels of difficulty. Luckily I have friends in various genre of photography.


'Run 4'



'Through the Light'



'The Structure'



'Mother's Love'


What is more important to you, the mood/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
Although related to each other, I prefer to choose either the mood or story behind my images is more important. Because even though we are technically perfect, we still have to process the image (even though not too much). So, we can get an image that has a soul.





'Dusty Track'





What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
Do you prepare carefully the location where you are intending to photograph?
I don't really prepare the location specifically. If I travel with my family, my husband will usually arrange our trip in detail. I just glanced at Google, because I wanted to feel the surprise when I was there. In that way, I can freely take pictures according to my heart without being influenced by pictures from other people. Often, I also take part in photo trip. In this event we are usually given a briefing by the guide before taking pictures at the location.








'Passing Through'


What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)
I use Canon 5D mark IV and 1DX mark I.

Lenses that I always carry are
EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L,
EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 L,
EF 16-35 mm f/2.8 L for landscape
EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L and EF 100 mm f/2.8 L for macro.
My bag is Lowepro

What software do you use to process your image?
I use Photoshop CC 2017 and NIK Software

Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
I use to take photos quickly and from various angles, because I am afraid to miss the right moment. During the editing process, I'm thinking about what parts I should highlight to increase the mood and atmosphere. Lately I prefer B&W for my photos.








'Net Maker'


What is your most important advice to a beginner in photography and how do you get started?
Lots of practice and looking at photos of other people’s work. I joined 1x in 2011, but because of my busy work, I was last active about 6 years ago. Since the Covid 19 outbreak, I can’t travel and have plenty of time to look at my photos and edit them. I started to be active again at 1x and I am very happy to see the extraordinary photos of 1x members that came from various genres. I learned a lot from their works, also when I participate in the curation process. I think 1x is a great place to learn and also has facilities such as magazine, tutorial, critique that will help a lot.

Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
I like works of various genres, but I am more interested in works that take the topic of every day human life. And in 1x I found lots of wonderful works from great photographers all over the world that often fascinate me and inspire my photography works.

Are there specific goals that you wish to achieve?
I wish to travel to many places that have unique cultures, where I can share what I see for many people to enjoy. It is unfortunate that this year I had to cancel few trips including Africa. It also would be great if someday I could make my own books, although now I have made several books with my friends.

Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why is it special to you?

'Best Friend'

Looking at this photo I was deeply moved by the gaze of the dog. The dog looks so comfortable and peaceful in his master’s arms. Although all day long he had to stay still and wait by the side of the road.

Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1x as a home base for your work?
I think everything is very good, 1x is the best photography website. I am very grateful to be a member at 1x. Here I can share my works with my fellow members from all over the world and can see lots of beautiful and creative works that inspire my work.
Thank you very much Yvette Depaepe for the Interview, 1x Team and 1x Members who have supported me. I wish 1x lots of success.


Dear Angela, thank you for sharing your story, it is very inspiring. Your portfolio is so impressive, each picture tells a story from the heart.
Thank you so much Lynn for your kind words and support, really appreciate your kindness, best regards, Angela
Wow, your shot are the ones I like in 1x.
Hi Yongnan Li, thank you so much for your kind words and support, really appreciated. Your works are amazing. Best regards, Angela
thank you so much for sharing your wonderful and much inspiring work with us. It is a pleasure to learn something about you, your thoughts and your work behind the camera. Thanks also to dear Yvette for the interview
Thank you so much Hans for your kind words and support, really appreciate it. Best regards, Angela
Before I knew anything about Angela's background I was attracted by her work. As always Yvette, you picked an interesting topic and photographer. It's not only the documentary aspect of your work Angela, it's the way you approache a subject and the special way you present it and processed it. Looking forward for more of your work.
Thank you so much Mariuca for your kind words and support, really appreciate it. Best regards, Angela
Wonderful photographer an amazing set of images - the real deal Congratulations Angela.. Five Star ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Thank you so much Daniel for your appreciation and support, really appreciate it. Best regards, Angela
Hi, Angela, a fantastic story behind the photographer Angela, it is always interesting to learn something about the person behind the camera. I have also been in the building business, I am a building engineer, last month I was also photographer of the week. You deserve to be recognized for your kind of photography in this forum, I am looking forward to more exciting photos of you and many thanks also to Yvette for this impressive introduction of your person
Thank you so much Rolf for your kind comment and support, really appreciate it. I read your great interview and also admire your beautiful minimalist works. Best regards, Angela
Thank you, dear Rolf... Always a treat to me to present excellent 1x photographers!
Thank you so much Xibiao Huang for your kind comment and support, really appreciated. Yes, I travel a lot to China. I have visited quite a lot of places. China is very beautiful. One area with another has its own uniqueness. The people are very friendly. Very interesting photographing life there. Best regards, Angela
Congrats Angela, I'm big fun of you, your works are marvellous!
Thank you so much Despird Zhang, , really appreciate your kind words and support. Best regards, Angela
Dear Yvette, Thank you very much for the opportunity given to me and for your support. I am really honored and really appreciate it. Best regards, Angela
All pleasure on my side, dear Angela! Warm greetings from a big fan ;-)
Congratulations Angela on the detailed appreciation of your photographic work. You show in great atmospheric pictures a world that is foreign to me and that really impresses me. All the best, stay healthy and stay well-behaved.
Thank you so much Erhard, really appreciate your kind words and support. Best regards, Angela
Great work, splendid images, magnificent interview, congrats Angela !!!
Thank you so much Thierry, really appreciate your appreciation and support. Best regards, Angela
Hearty congratulations for the interview!!! Amazing to read your journey in photography! Congratulations!
Thank you so much Swapnil, really appreciate your kind words and support. Best regards, Angela
Wonderful Angela. Heartiest Congratulations for this great achievement. I went through your interview and learnt a lot about your photography. Your work is excellent. So much to see and learn in your touching black and white images. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes and warm regards. Souvik
Thank you so much Souvik for your kind comment and support, really appreciate it. Best regards, Angela
Congrats dear Angela, I must say that your story is very inspiring (I was pleased to know that you are married to fine photographer). I am very fond of your works which are varied but all are beautifully presented and have inner message. My compliments to Yvette on a fine interview as always. Warmest greetings Arnon
Thanks for your appreciation, dear Arnon!
Thank you so much Arnon for your compliment and support, really appreciate it. Beast regards Angela
Best regards, Angela
Funny typo and 'blessed' reaction, haha...
Congratulations Angela for your feature! I always enjoy seeing your work which is full of life and energy. My compliments to your collection shown here; excellent and diverse. Congratulations also to Yvette for a wonderful and interesting interview!
Glad you like this fine interview with a great artist, Joyce !
Thank you so much Joyce for your kind comment and support, really appreciate it, Best regards, Angela
Beautiful work, photos of Angela are splendid, I like so much. Thank also to Yvette for this splendid interview of this great artist! Many congrats
Thanks a lot, Francesco!
Thank you so much Francesco for your appreciation and support, really appreciate it. Best regards, Angela