The atmosphere in the gathering of photography enthusiasts in Surabaya was so unique that the previous gatherings did not have. Taking place at Hallo Surabaya yesterday (11/19), the event went on rousingly and groovily from afternoon to evening.
As the last gathering in a string of Canon & Fotografer.net (FN) Gathering Series 2011, it was opened with an exotic performance of Reog Ponorogo, a traditional dance form originated from Ponorogo town, East Java. The gathering attendees enjoyed and enthusiastically shot the performance.
It made Surabaya different from other cities where where attendees used to shoot female models. “It’s great and fun. We have something different,” said Thomas Andy Kristianto, a participant from Sidoarjo, a town in the south of Surabaya.
Another thing making this gathering distinctive was the official launching of a t-shirt package celebrating 9th anniversary of Fotografer.net. The package is made very special since everyone who wants it has to pre-order; the information on it will be soon available in the online shop site.
“You have to pre-order it since we will print your name on t-shirt and certificate of authentication,” said Buntoro Gunawan, FNShop manager, “We will upload the information next Tuesday.”
As usual, the gathering ran more gaily and lively with many quizes and door prizes involving all the attendees, coming from Surabaya and several towns in East Java Province such as Sidoarjo, Malang and Tulungagung. Attendees from Sidoarjo and Malang shared their photos and experience in FN Street Hunting, held simultaneously in more than 30 cities and towns in Indonesia and abroad on October 30, 2011.
In front of more than 150 attendees, Kristupa Saragih, the founder of FN, presented a sneak preview of one of FN’s important programs: FN Blackberry application. “We also plan to make ones for Android and iOS,” said Kristupa.
Kristupa also conveyed his experience joining Crossing Bridges in Vietnam a few days ago. Crossing Bridges is an annual event of the fellowship of online photography forums on five ASEAN countries: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Each country delegation consists of 15 participants. This year the event is hosted by Vietnamese fellow photographers.