I started following Manny Librodo back in the early 2000’s. One of the first websites I uploaded photos to was pbase.com. It was there I first saw Manny’s photographs. I used to comment on his photos, and he would comment on mine. We had several personal exchanges back then as he was also an international school teacher working in Thailand, and I, of course, was working here in Jakarta. We were both teaching different subjects (I was teaching Math, and Manny was teaching Psychology), but our real passion was photography. Manny became famous, and I….well, didn’t. He ended up quitting his teaching job, and has been doing workshops all over the world for the past ten years. I am now teaching photography. So, we are both working (if you call it that) in a job we love. What’s the saying? “If you get paid doing what you love, then you will never work a day in your life”. That’s it for me, and for Manny too.
Any way, bounce ahead 15 years or so, and here we both are working together. Manny flew to Jakarta last Tuesday, and spent a week at my house running workshops for the students, teachers and local photographers. We hired a designer, Eggie Jasmine and a make-up artist, Hilda Winaz, and got students and JIS grads to model for us. It was a high-fashion photo shoot! Manny showed us how to find natural light, and we shot thousands of photos. Then he took us into the classroom, and taught his secrets in post-processing with Photoshop. It was amazing, and I learned some new tricks…
It was a great week, and Manny and I quickly became good friends…a friendship that will last a long time.
This photo below, I took in the studio. Lana Sidi Said is the model, and of course, Eggie created the concept, and Hilda did the make up. I put two photos together…the studio shot of Lana, and one of my Cambodia photos, and then used some of the techniques I learned from Manny to post-process.