Visually striking and self-assured in execution, today’s featured album comes from Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker, Adi Putra! Shooting with a roll of Rollei Crossbird film and with the help of his beautiful muse, he magically transforms the Californian wilderness into a mesmerizing and surreal dreamland.
Experimental and refreshingly bold, his photographs act like artefacts from long forgotten expeditions into an alternate and alien universe.
“I just love adventure and exploring various nature landscapes,” Adi shares. “I feel that living in a big city, you need to get a breath of fresh air every once in a while and I use this reason to explore and do these photoshoots.”
When asked to speak about his love for photography, he told us:
“I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia and moved to the US when I was 19 for college. I went to a film school here in LA and just graduated a couple years ago. I was still kind of figuring what to do with my life and during this time, I accidentally picked up photography. I love filmmaking, but making a decent looking film was just too costly and involved too much planning, so it was hard for me to juggle between jobs and my own personal projects at the time. So I decided to pick up a camera and do photography so that I could channel my creative energy more freely. This way I could also explore my own voice and aesthetics.
“The thing I love most from photography is the rewarding feeling I get when you capture a beautiful shot. It’s addictive.”
Asked about an interesting story behind this set, and he answered:
“There are lots of stories behind the process and it’s always exciting. There was one time where my car got stuck in quicksand in the middle of nowhere and it was kinda scary. We had no water or anything with us, but luckily there was a random car that happened to pass by us by that help us out, but god, it took forever and it was a very scary for a moment for everyone.”
As for his thoughts on what makes a great collection of shots, he shared with us:
“I think it’s basically pretty much anything that makes you feel. I personally don’t like to analyze too much into a photo; if I see it and it makes me feel something, then I think it’s great. So, I think the most important element is honesty.”
To see more of his amazing work, please visit the links below:
Camera – Lomo LC-A
Film – Rollei Crossbird 200