Photoseries: Meeting Tomtom


I met him two years ago when my friend and I were in Mount Bromo. I think it was on September 2011. At that time, we were walking to Mount Bromo after watching the most beautiful sunrise ever. My tired legs didn’t stopped me to shoot everything around me because come on I’m in Mount Bromo and my trusty LC-A+ is in my hand, what more can I expect?!

As I shot this and that in the dessert, I saw many horses and Mount Bromo’s local people who ride them. So when I walk, I stumbled upon this lad and I think he’s much younger than me. All looking bold and cool. He offers me to ride a horse because he said that walking to Mount Bromo is so so tiring but instead accepting his offer, I decided to talk to him " How about I shot you?" then he asked several questions. Questions I never get before from people I met during my travelling. So after we agree on some terms (no, I didn’t give him any money! because he didn’t asked for it too) I shot him! (He wants to pose like that, the classic smoking-cigarette-in the hand pose!)

Credits: adi_totp

After shooting him, I asked him.. “what is your name?”, he replied “Tomtom…”, still looking cool while holding cigarette in his hand and I learned a lot from this moment that I have to ask before I shot stranger during my travel. So yes Tomtomo teach me how to shot stranger!
Since that I’ve been travel a lot from India to Ubud and I always remember Tomtom every time I shot a stranger. In the near future, I must met him and give this photograph to him, maybe two photographs, one is for him and one for me with his autograph on it. He changed the way I took portraits.

Thanks Tomtom.

written by adi_totp on 2013-09-25


  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Hehe, dilema juga sih, kalo kitanya pengen dapet natural pose enakan ga minta ijin, tapi kalo ga minta ijin juga ga sopan. Ya udahlah saya motret gedung aja =)

  2. grazie
    grazie ·

    this is one of my faves in this site. Great photo and blog Adi!

  3. skatesauce
    skatesauce ·

    That shot is so vibrant !

  4. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @hervinsyah iya.. itu kembali lagi ke selera masing-masing.

  5. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @grazie thank you very much,grazie! Learned a lot from this experience. :D

  6. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @skatesauce yeah thanks to EBX :D

  7. avola
    avola ·

    great, all: your text and Tomtom and your picture!

  8. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·


  9. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @avola thank you very much my dear friend.. Will learn from every portraits that I took :)

  10. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    nice read! ...always a challenge to shot people when art indeed...nice shot

  11. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    nice read! ...always a challenge to shot people when art indeed...nice shot

  12. kibs
    kibs ·

    Such a cool guy! Nice to meet Tomtom and see your beautiful photo of him :)

  13. markvnathan
    markvnathan ·

    Great post! I might head to Bromo soon myself, maybe I'll look for him!

  14. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @af-capture thank you! Yes it is! I agree with you, when traveling I always challenge myself to shoot people.. so fair it's an amazing experience. To actually talk with them and share some stories.. I need to travel soon. Thanks again for the nice comment :)

  15. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @kibs thank you my friend :) yeah he is such a cool guy indeed, quiet a striking figure than other locals.

  16. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @markvnathan thank you! Yeah, I hope you find him when you get there! :D Don't forget to shoot him as well!

  17. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    I always wanted to know the story behind that picture! :)

  18. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @saidseni now you know :)