Photography for a good cause

If my photography can, in any way, help others or be a conduit from Indonesia to the world, then I’ll feel as if I’ve accomplished something meaningful. Photography, on its own, is a passion of mine but rather than make money off of selling pretty prints, I feel much more fulfilled if I can somehow give back. I was hoping that my photos of the flooding in Jakarta could help voice how dire the situation was, and to help raise awareness for such disasters that fade from BBC’s home page within days.

On that note, I received this email today. It seems to be a step in the right direction:

Hi Java

I saw that you have a nice photos of floods and more, I am Mario, I work for the United Nations in Geneva, the branch which works for the prevention of natural disaster ( We are building a photo gallery for using in our publications and want to ask you if it is possible to include your photos including your name in our gallery, we can send you the link where you can see the publication and in some case send the hard copy.

For the time being, the Photo gallery will be used only for our organization but in the future it will be shared with other United Nations organization.

Actually, if you give the rights now I am working in leaflet and I would like to use one of your nice photos on the cover and another one in the internal page.

Looking forward to hearing from you
Many thanks

  • Felix Tanjono

    That is a nice e-mail to have…
    especially for a photographer.

    I wish I had a chance like that once…

    go for it Brandon!

  • Charles Smith

    Wow, Brandon. That’s great! Well done!

  • Tanto

    Brandon, you definitely have accomplished what we Indonesians could not have accomplished in a lifetime. The 2007 flood pictures are so meaningful, unlike those in local newspapers and media, always the same “spot” and always taken from the same angle. I guess you were “in” the water when you took those pictures. I heard about Kelapa Gading from a friend who lives there, and you brought the pictures to us with thousands words in it. You took what you saw the way you see it, and simply we understood the message. Do you give photo lessons in Jakarta ? Any exhibition ? I am not going to praise you and your pictures with words like “good”, “nice”, “amazing” etc., just want to say this: it is an honour to have you here with us in Indonesia. The way you took those pictures, about places, people, events in Indonesia, I can only say: “You really love this country”, perhaps more than we do.

  • Salute Brandon. Your pictures really tells a thousand words! Definitely can tell the right message…

  • heidi

    I read your previous posting of Jakarta flooding. It’s really sad:( My college was at sunter and I used to hang out at kelapa gading mall lots. I will definitely go back there when I return home.
    Thank you for sharing your photos to raise awareness to the outside world:)