Importance of Integrating Photography with the Academics

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Yuyung Abdi during presentation at Convention Hall Grand City Surabaya (Photo: Dilan Salsabila)

UNAIR NEWS – The world of photography today is on the rise, technological advance has its impact to the photographers and lovers of photography, thus it makes the world of arts more colorful. In response to the phenomenon, UNAIR tourism student association held a workshop and a photography competition on Saturday, April 16. Taking place at Convention Hall Grand City Surabaya, the event coincides with a big event held by the Provincial Government of East Java, The 17th Majapahit Travel Fair East Java Marine Tourism.

The workshop entitled The Exotic Maritime,  it invited a Jawa Pos photographer, Yuyung Abdi. The man who frequently gives lectures in the Department of Communication Sciences, FISIP UNAIR explained the importance of integrating the art of photography with academic world.

“All this time the people know the world of photography separated from academic environment, I hope that it will be related to academic, so later there will be photographer study until doctoral degree,” he said.

In regards to the theme of  maritime exotica, the focus of discussion, the photograper who has been in this field for 20 years, emphasized the importance of emotion to the snapshots we produce.

“To produce a quality image, look for a different angle from the other photos as well as put in emotion through all, when you choose a spot for photograph background, mind the position and time,” he added.

The event also invited the founder of  Matanesia community, Mamuk Iswantoro. The man who is known as Mamuk explained that photography is not always talking about the photographs taken. For him photography is also about some of the things that support the photograph capture.

“Photography is not just a picture of the sun rises, but also what is inside the picture,” he said.

Although the theme of maritime was chosen, the man who loves photos on arts and culture, also presented other fields which are rarely explored by the photography lovers. He tried to show to the audience that there is an alternative field to photography, such as history, culture, art, and houses in the old town.

“Do not capture an object which is already popular, find the new angle and as long as the value is there,” he concluded. (*)

Author: Nuri Hermawan
Editor: Dilan Salsabila

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