It is an honor for me to interview Gus De, one of our member of IndonesianWPG who has inspiring many by his fabulous work. I never meet him personally but from one conversation to another I found that he’s a very pleasant guy and enjoyable to talk with. I even consider him as my brother! (yes, he is that friendly).
Most of us know that his work is magical and breathtaking. A talented and down-to-earth photographer. Though this interview took over months to be finished, but I think it is worth waiting from someone like Gus De.
Hi Gus De,
• Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a father of two and a husband of a wife. known mostly as a Bali wedding photographer which is my main job, but I also work as a graphic designer.
• What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such amazing imagery?
Sometimes an idea comes spontaneously when we are on location, or such situation that pumps the adrenaline to stimulate new inspiration and ideas. I like wild adventure and i think it helps me a lot to find myself getting inspired by every things around me. It also takes creativity by a person to create the moment.
• How would you describe your style?
Before i started wedding photography , I plunged into fashion photography for quite long time. That’s why some of my wedding image has influenced by style of fashion. I goes to photojournalism for my style mostly.
• Can you share with us some images from a single wedding?
• What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I love Nikon as my second wife since I started my career . Now d700 + D300 are my current flagship camera .
• What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?
I use a 35mm f2 lens and 50mm afs f1,4 both are my favorite lenses.
• We know that each of us has someone or something, the which inspires our life and work. Can you tell us the true basis of your inspiration?
Well, My grandfather is one of my biggest inspiration, when I was a kid I often saw him painting, and I learned painting from him, I’ve been painting till 18 and won several painting competitions when I was in high school. Then I stopped when I continued my study at the faculty of economics, since my parents wanted me to work at the bank rather than as a painter. I failed to become an employee of the Bank. I turn around, my college diploma of graphic design, artistic soul was still flowing when I pursue the world of graphics, which I diligently world until now, and many of the world affects my photography ….
• Why choose to specialize in wedding photography?
Every wedding has its challenge. I love the challenge.
• What do you wish you’d known about the profession before you entered it?
Everything just goes with the flows. I have no thought before what should I do before I started it.
It’s all about the journey. I learned a lot from each moment, each clients I worked with.
• Something you’re still learning?
Too much to mention. The first one is probably improving my English skill. When I was in school, I often hookied the English class. Hahahahaha.
• What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have?
It requires good personality, good attitude, communicative … all of those things are influential in the world of photography. If we have it, it added more value to us.
• What was it like growing up in Bali and how do you think this led to you becoming a photographer?
Bali …. I think everyone knows Bali. One of the most beautiful island, I am proud I was born here …. the beauty of this island inspired my life and brought me into the world of photography.
• What advice do you have for individuals interested in pursuing a career in photography?
Internet is an infinite world. You can always use its benefit to the max to boosting your career. Publish your best work on your blog, participate in such photography forums or school and give your contribution there, and also share your experience in order to help you running the process of your maturity in the photography world.
• What would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?
I always try to do something better. I expect more people recognize my work, not only in Indonesia of course, but also Asia or perhaps throughout the world. It may sounds a bit too high, but lets pray for that. :)
until next time,