by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 21st of February 2022
Sita Gramich loves Art, including photography when it is affecting her artistic soul. Her work is diversified : documentary, conceptual photography, portraits and dance photography in particular. Sita often uses creative editing to enhance the beauty and quality of her images and to express her vision and emotions.
Learn more about her through this interview and enjoy !
'There's fire in her'
Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs.
My name is Sita and I'm based in Indonesia, Jakarta. I am half German and half Indonesian. My hobby is photography. I work as a general practitioner in a hospital in Jakarta. Whenever I’m off duty, I usually spend my time taking photographs. To me, it is a way to reduce work stress, especially during the pandemic.
How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
Photography was introduced to me by my father when I was 10 years old. He was a photographer who had worked as a journalist and publisher in Munich. He always emphasized the importance of good compositions in addition to in addition to shooting techniques.
Which are your most important experiences that has influenced your art?
Thinking about that, my sense of art was heavily influenced by my environment. Since my childhood, I used to visit photo and painting galleries, to watch art shows and movies which unknowingly affected my artistic soul.
What first attracted you to photography?
I fell in love with photography because we can freeze a moment but when looking beyond the image it becomes a story telling about that moment.
Describe your overall photographic vision.
My vision is to make people happy by sharing the photos I took from them and also to make the viewers from all over the world enjoying them.
Your work is diversified. I see documentary, conceptual photography, portraits and many dance photographs? Can you explain why this is ?
Sometimes, an image looks flat, ordinary and boring. However, with a little bit of help from some creative editing programs, the same image can tell many more stories to the audience. Besides that, creative editing is also my way to express my vision and feelings about the stories and moments I portrayed and that I want to share.
'Me and my shadow, like the wallpaper sticks to the wall'
'light and shadow and red'
What is more important to you, the mood, /story behind your images or the technical perfection?
In my opinion, the mood, story behind the picture, and technical perfection are equally important and inseparable. It seems difficult to me to have an interesting picture if one of those criteria is ignored.
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
Locations should be prepared, together with the props as well as the selection of models and lighting arrangement, to ensure it will make sense when doing the post processing
What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)
Canon 5D mark iii, Canon Eos R, Fuji XT 3
LENS 24 70 / 70 200
As for the camera bag, I don’t really have a tendency towards a specific brand. Mine is a fairly inexpensive one that I have been using for quite some time. Important to me is that it is durable, waterproof, and has many utility pockets.
What software do you use to process your images?
Photoshop cc 2019
Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
It’s simple. I usually go with a group of friends to take photographs together. The storyline has being discussed earlier. After we agreed on the locations, the models are prepared for the photoshoot. During the photoshoot, we have to use tripods to minimize image adjustments in the final process. I then edit the images in photoshop, usually I stack them layer by layer. I erase the overlapping parts using brushes to keep only what I want. When everything is done, I adjust the colours. Sometimes I add a texture to make the main subject standing out.
What is your most important advice to a beginner in creatively edited photography and how do you get started?
My best advice, keep trying. Follow your imagination and dreams. Make unique work looking different from the others.
Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
Sebastian Kisworo (kisworo) is my favourite photographer. Every time I see his work, it takes me a while to interpret what he wants to tell. His photographs inspire me a lot because of my 'wild' interpretations which at the end are giving me much inspiration to create my own works.
Is there any specific photo taken by another photographer that has inspired you a lot and why?
'Hard Decision' by Sebastian Kisworo
This photo has a very simple composition and the conversion to black and white make it stronger. Simple till you can start focusing on the story behind it. I like the medium he chose, the shadow on the wall, the girl and a hanging rope which represent what's going on in her head. It's not easy to express people's mind in an image.
Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
I haven’t got the time or chance to set up an exhibition. I would really love to do so one one day. And of course, I love travelling. I will keep on exploring the world and capturing beautiful landscapes and people from different cultures through my photograph
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
I have a few favourite photographs ;-)
'come fly with me'
At first, this image seemed flat and boring to me. After looking more closely, I found the way the fabric was falling, is very beautiful. I then added 1 layer of empty space and a box. After working on the colours, I really liked the result. Finally after editing, the song “Come fly with me“ by Frank Sintra came to my mind.
The woman and the candle cage … I tried to add arms and hands that I took from the model itself from various poses. I choose three poses and combine them into one.
Nightmare….The inspiration is from movies, I really like sally’s mood. She is very passionate about the role.
'Lets have fun...'
I made this picture to wish my friends a Merry Christmas. I love it because Windy's mood looks very natural. This image is made of 3 layers.
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
I’m happy to be a member of 1x because I get a lot of constructive criticism and advice in addition to compliments when sharing my best work. To me, 1x is the best photography community on the net.
Thank you for your kind collaboration and fine answers, Sita.
Mei Xu PRO
Beautiful and creative images.
Wanghan Li PRO
Love the photos as well as the above article. Appreciate for sharing.
Slawomir Kowalczyk CREW
Beautiful photos great story!
Franco Iannello PRO
Magnificent images, magnificent reportage. Sita is a perfectionist of the image, she is not limited only to the composition and scenography already studied but gives the touch of class that only an artist can do. She perfects the image for how the soul sees and the eyes do the rest. Congratulations to Sita, Thanks very much to Yvette for bringing us Sita's art. Franco
trovo splendide le tue foto, complimenti
I really loved your art dear Sita! And thank you Yvette for letting me discover this wonderful artist!
I like very much that you honestly shared your beautiful story, I appreciate your creativ way to send messages in your photographs, thank you and congratulations!
Cicek Kiral CREW
When I saw 'Wushu elegance', I immediately started following Sita. It was a captivating images. This is a gripping interview with a great flow of images. Congratulations. Yvette thanks for the article. Your efforts keep me attached to the site and my photographical explorations as well as inspiration...
Yvette Depaepe CREW
Cicek you for your great and heartfelt compliments, dear Cicek. I love what I do here for all members and friends of our community.
Yvette Depaepe CREW
Great and interesting read, dear Sita. Congratulations with the feature of 'Photographer of the week'. Thanks for your fine collaboration and for sharing your work on 1x. Cheers, Yvette