Insta Fav #97: Devi Gunawan
- Caroline Kurze
Our Insta Fav of the week is Devi Gunawan, a graphic designer from Jakarta, Indonesia who creates light and bright images with a natural, honest feel to them. Her images focus on the little details of everyday life, no matter if it’s her friends, her dog, her food or other little treasures that she captures while being outside, where she also finds most of her inspiration.
Where are you from? How does that place influence the way you photograph?
Jakarta, Indonesia. But, I don’t feel a strong sense of belonging in here. The city is too busy, I really don’t like the hectic pace of city life, I need more laid-back atmosphere. I enjoy taking photos of beautiful random things, noticing little details in my daily-life. My soul always craves for travel, going to the unknown, seeing something new and different. My experiences and interactions while traveling have altered my perspective of seeing things and taking photos. It open myself up to changing how i see the world and those around me.
What are your favorite environments to shoot in?
Open spaces, full of natural light from the windows and i’m always looking for plain, soft painted walls and natural backgrounds.
What are the strengths of shooting primarily mobile? How does this affect your imagery?
I love the simplicity of taking picture with smartphone. It makes me easier to capture every moments. My smartphone is always near me and this makes it easy to engage in photography as a part of my daily life.
Who and what are the things that inspire you?
I am inspired by everything I’ve experienced and seen, every places i’ve been. Nature, people around me, my breakfast, morning light, beautiful doors, windows, my mood and feeling.
Which Apps do you use to edit your pictures?
VSCO Cam and instagram-app editing for final retouch.
Tell us a little about your everyday.
I always try to waking up early in the morning, I love having a pure “me time”, it gives me the space to reflect. I enjoy fruits for breakfast and a cup of tea. Then, check my emails, scroll through instagram feed, make to-do-list for today, and finally start working, brainstorm, find inspirations, and do some photo processing. As a graphic designer, I find myself planted in front of a computer screen for long hours at a time; it’s a part of my job, after all. While it’s easy to say that I find loads of inspiration through visual blogs and websites, the truth is that I’m most inspired by stepping away from the screen. Whether I’m going for a walk around my neighborhood, take some pictures, and look at the sky, it’s always a breath of fresh air. Inspiration is everywhere. You just need to open your eyes a little bit to see it all around you.