Attempting Concert Lomography by Photographing Indonesian Music Legend Fariz RM


Unfortunately, all my photos from the concert are overexposed. I actually still have to learn how to capture a stage photo. But, for a Class A musician, Fariz RM, all the disappointments and sacrifices were worth it.

On January 5, 2013, one of the music legends Indonesia, Fariz RM, held a solo and donation concert that coincided with his 54th anniversary in Mepro Convention Hall in Bandung, Indonesia.

Credits: hervinsyah

The concert venue was quite far from my house and when I went to buy a ticket I was surprised because is costed Rp 300,000. It’s the most expensive ticket price for an Indonesian concert that I have ever bought. But, my intuition said this concert will be a good and not to be missed, So, after learning that some of the profits from the ticket sales will be donated to less fortunate children, I bought a ticket.

I walked in the pouring rain on a Saturday afternoon from Mepro towards Al-Islam hospital for Maghrib prayer and dinner at nearby satay stall. Then, I went for Isha prayers and returned to Mepro for the concert that will take place at 9 PM. Street children musicians, the community members of Rumah Musik Harry Roesli, opened the show in front of the concert hall. Then, Fariz RM was invited to come up the stage to receive the award and a birthday cake from the committee. I tried to get close to him while he was being photographed by dozens of people in front of me. When hr finished blowing out the candle and said his thanks, Fariz promised to perform the best concert despite his throat not being in the best condition that night. The legend also went back into the dressing room to get ready — so did I and hundreds of visitors of various ages at concert.

Credits: hervinsyah

Video projectors at the right and left areas of the stage showed Fariz RM and the interview prepared ahead of this concert. He also told us about the time he was arrested and jailed a few years ago due to taking drugs to be one of valuable lesson in life. Then came Kania Roesli, wife of the late Harry Roesli, Bandung musicians and artists who became one of inspiration and teacher of Fariz RM, opened the concert by saying, “Most of us were born, grew up, studied, worked, married, and walked a straight path in life. But Fariz was different, as his life as a musician is just like a rock dumped into the pool — the energy will spread everywhere.” After her speech, she calling Fariz on stage to start the concert.

Credits: hervinsyah

Fariz started the concert by singing Harry Roesli’s song titled Malaria. Before he sang this song, he told the audience that he is a Jakarta boy who found his identity as a musician in Bandung. Then, he called Harry Roesli as his teacher who taught him the principle and attitude of being musician and an artist. Harry did not teach him how to play music, but he taught him how to be a musician and to be as an artist.

Then, he called out one by one the musicians who supported the concert that night. The most awaited and much photographed by the audience was Helga Sedli, a violinist from Budapest, Hungary who had been a member of the orchestra in her country. Fariz met Helga at the first time in Bali and he asked her to fill the concert with her stunning violin playing. If you do not believe what I said, see herself playing in the song Hasrat dan cinta.

When Fariz sang Sungguh there are some lyrics that goes “kuteringat dirimu” (“I remember you”) then, he pointed his index finger towards where his wife sat. Really romantic.

I’m actually not a big fan of Fariz RM, as I know him only as a singer known for his love songs such as “Barcelona” and “Sakura”. Frankly, I hate love songs, but what impressed me about Fariz RM was his ability to play the keyboard. Also, believe it or not, I admired Fariz after reading an interview in Ripple a Bandung independent music magazine that used to be sold all over Indonesia. It became clear to me that Fariz is not just a whiny musician who sings love songs. That night, I listened for the first time a song that is loaded with social criticism. Entitled Senam Kampung, it tells the story of a fitness center which offers sports programs with high prices but the results are not necessarily appropriate with the price. Also, there is the song Susie bhelel which tells about the phenomenon of teenage girls becoming prostitutes in order to satisfy their consumerist lifestyle.

Credits: hervinsyah

But slowly, I was lulled by Fariz’s love songs. One is Diantara Kata where the backing vocals who are also students of Fariz. Yolla Bella Vie (Bella) sang the refrain with a full appreciation and it was very touching to my heart.

Unfortunately, my camcorder’s battery ran out while Fariz played his three most famous towards the end of the concert: Nada Kasih, “Barcelona,” and “Sakura.” I was sad because it I did not record all the songs, but I also realized that I could finally concentrate taking photos with my Horizon Perfekt.

written by hervinsyah on 2013-04-11 in #lifestyle #fariz-rm #lomography #bandung #concert-photography #indonesia #hervinsyah #analogue-lifestyle #musician #concerts


  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    This is the original article. Sorry for my bad English…

  2. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    Well, I quite like Sungguh. I checked out your video. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @bsdunek : Thanks, me too. Fariz RM is my 80s music hero =)

More Interesting Articles

  • Glastonbury As Seen Through the New Petzval 85 Lens by Taio Konishi

    written by ciscoswank on 2015-07-10 in #people #lifestyle #lomoamigos
    Glastonbury As Seen Through the New Petzval 85 Lens by Taio Konishi

    The Glastonbury Festival is arguably one of the most anticipated and renowned music festivals in the world. It is a joy to be able to watch it, and a privilege to capture scenes on and off stage. Apart from creating beautiful portraits, the Petzval Lens is great for adding an albeit subtle drama to the already spectacular scenes of music festivals. Japanese photographer Taio Konishi photographed this year's Glastonbury with a Petzval 85mm Lens, and here are some of the photos. He also talks about his Petzval-meets-Glastonbury experience in this exclusive.

  • A Salute to the Masters: Judo (A Tribute to Sabine Weiss)

    written by sirio174 on 2015-04-18 in #world #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Judo (A Tribute to Sabine Weiss)

    This article is a tribute to the street and humanist photographer Sabine Weiss. Considered a living legend in street photography, she likes to photograph daily lives of people, trying to capture the emotions she recognizes around her. Weiss like to photograph people of all ages but she especially loves to take photos of children, masterfully immortalizing their spontaneous gestures and emotions. For this article, I was inspired by one of her rare sports photos of some children practicing judo. Do you want to know more about this great artist? Well, read on!

  • A Workshop with Fine Art Photographer Graciela Iturbide in New York

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-04-22 in #world #lifestyle
    A Workshop with Fine Art Photographer Graciela Iturbide in New York

    Graciela Iturbide's photography is part poetry, part documentary. She is a living legend in her home country Mexico, and her work has been exhibited all over the world. On May 1st, photographers will have the chance to learn from this master of composition.

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • Petzval LomoAmigo Chris Pollard

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-12-08 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo Chris Pollard

    Chris Pollard is a fashion photographer who, despite his exposure to the fast-paced world of runways and fashion, still has a passion for film photography. He expressed a keen interest in testing the New Petzval Lens, and we were more than glad to let him try it for himself. He shares photos ad answers a few questions in this exclusive feature.

  • Estonian Intersections of Sight and Sound

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-10-28 in #world
    Estonian Intersections of Sight and Sound

    Would you rather lose your vision or your hearing? As photographers, we might choose the latter without a second thought, especially while viewing the festival photos that photographer Mart Vares captured with the New Petzval 85 Lens. Still, who doesn’t love the pleasant mechanical shutter sound of an old SLR that makes us commit to analog photography? While following the Nordic delegation at this years Waves Central Europe, we caught up with the Estonian band, Würffel, whose songs leave us feeling equally delighted.

  • So here’s what we’ve been working on: an all new

    written by recurving on 2015-02-03 in #world #news
    So here’s what we’ve been working on: an all new

    For the last year we've been working on the next version of Lomography. We based our work on the feedback you’ve given us over the years and we wanted to share it as early as possible with you and can’t wait to hear what you think. Just one warning first: it is still in development and things can break. All the photos, comments, likes, homes and everything else were transferred as of October 16th, 2014. So anything you do on won't be reflected on and vice versa. Once we are done with testing, everything you did here will be deleted again. So this is a big playground for you to explore.

  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • Vintage Camera, Modern Woman

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-11-27 in #gear #lifestyle
    Vintage Camera, Modern Woman

    She teases out Lubitel's best side.

  • Baxaviv is our LomoHome of the Day!

    written by lomography on 2015-11-27 in #world #news
    Baxaviv is our LomoHome of the Day!

    From everyone here in Lomography, congratulations to baxaviv for winning Home of the Day!

  • Taking Back Tipsters: Fantastic Filters

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-11-27 in #world #tipster
    Taking Back Tipsters: Fantastic Filters

    Give your photography a creative twist with DIY filters! Here are five tips straight from the community to help you get started.

  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Today in History: George Harrison releases "Cheer Down" and "Poor Little Girl"

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-11-27 in #people
    Today in History: George Harrison releases "Cheer Down" and "Poor Little Girl"

    November 27, 1989—With new tracks under the label Dark Horse, George Harrison continued his campaign of building a reputation outside of Beatles fame.

  • Reviews on Rewind: Lomography Ringflash

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-11-27 in #gear #reviews
    Reviews on Rewind: Lomography Ringflash

    Looking for a reliable flash? Consider the Lomography Ringflash, which throws an even burst of light around your subject! We scoured the Magazine and found these community-written reviews for you to peruse.

  • Photo of the Day by filipdr

    written by lomography on 2015-11-27 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by filipdr

    A constellation of hot air balloons is surely a rare sight, which makes an even more enticing display to photograph.