Aji Susanto Anom (born 1989) is a street photographer from Solo, Central Java, Indonesia.
He studied photography at Visual Communication Design, Sebelas Maret University.
In another interview on this site Aji Susanto Anom talks about his beginngs in street photography and explains why walking the street is a good exercise to train the eye.
Amateur photographer, street photography enthusiast, and author of “Nothing Personal” photobook.
Interview with Aji Susanto Anom
Aji, why did you become a photographer? And why street photography?
Longing and curiosity that I don’t know what will I encountered next on the streets is why I love street photography, why I chose to become a photographer? Because I’m falling in love with this visual language, love at first sight.
What does photography mean to you?
It is a poetic and very personal language to feel, express and share my personal journey.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process? How do you plan and execute a project? Both technically and conceptually?
Fictional historical record from my life.
An ordinary mundane reality captured with surreal, spontaneity and unposed approach of street photography.
I never planned my project, I just shoot, and universe edited my works into something, and that’s the most interesting part, I don’t know where the road will end, im just enjoying the journey.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
Erik Prasetya, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Daido Moriyama and Gary Winogrand. Their thoughts and their aesthetic inspired me a lot.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
“Life is once forever.”
What’s in your bag when you leave the house to shoot street photography?
A camera and a big pocket full of curiosity.
What’s your favorite website about street photography?
Invisible Photographer Asia, Sidewalkers Asia and www.in-public.com.
What book about photography would you recommend?
“Jakarta: Banal Aesthetics” (Estetika Banal) from Erik Prasetya.
This is my first photobook and this book gives me new option of aesthetics.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to get started with street photography?
Go out, walk – and shoot, shoot, shoot!
Capture all what interest you, don’t mind the result. First you have to enjoy the process.