Interview With a Photographer | Wahyu Mahendra

Where’s home?

I grew up in Denpasar, the capital city in Bali. I just need to drive my scooter for like 10 minutes to watch sunrise at the beach.

What is the favourite place you’ve travelled to?

In Indonesia? Definitely Flores! I did a solo trip to Komodo National Park, it was amazing. It changes my life and wanna travel more and more.

How did you get started as a photographer?

When I was in Senior High School in 2010, I signed up facebook, and I found so many local landscape photographers. I was curious how they made beautiful photos with camera. They inspired me to buy my very first camera, canon eos 550D.

What camera equipment / software / tech do you use?  Any must haves?

I shoot with a canon 5D mark iii and DJI Panthom 4. I have three lenses, sigma 24 mm f/1.4, canon 85 mm f/1.8 & 75-300 mm. I started editing in photoshop when I was in High school then learned lightroom one year ago. So, basically I edit in photoshop & lightroom.

What photographers have influenced you, how you think and shoot?

@helloemilie. I love minimalis photograph and colorful. She has different style from other photographers on Instagram. I love stalking other photographer’s feed, I will screenshot if I find something different like angle or new places. Mostly self taught.

Any top tips for Instagram?

Keep posting and learning from other people. The good thing about Instagram, we can meet cool people and learn more. So, don’t be afraid to be friend with other big photographer.

What are you trying to communicate through your photographs?

Story & Feeling. Not all people can travel like me. I want people just be inspired by my photographs. I want people have a same feeling like me when I post a picture, be happy even just see my picture.

What motivates you to continue doing what you’re doing?

Support from my followers and family. We just live once, and I don’t want to waste my life.

Are you a bathroom singer?

Yessss. The cheapest way to make yourself happy.

Do you have any advice for young aspiring photographers?

Keep doing everything you want, make your work different. It’s good to following and copy paste
any styles of photographer, but make your own style is more important.

What are your goals for the future, regarding your work?

NZ, Japan, Europe and a beautiful girlfriend who can be a perfect model for my photo & video xo.

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