Meet Yasmin Suteja

We call it the #ICMEETSERIES and thought it would be interesting to find out a bit more about the people behind the disposables. We asked a few IC contributors to tell us a bit about themselves and this is what we got in return…

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YASMIN SUTEJA – Sydney & Bali
Photographer / Creative Director / Talent Agent | INSTAGRAM

Who are you? What do you do for a crust?
Trade anchovies.

Where’s home?

Can you tell us about your creative background?
I completed a BA in Communication (Media Arts and Production) majoring in film studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. I took on a black & photography elective in my final year, which taught me how to use an analogue / film camera and how to hand-process black and white film and make prints using an enlarger.

What inspires you to shoot film?
The people around me, and the moments we share. Film has some magical quality about it that we can’t recreate with digital photography. I think because shooting film encourages us to stop and wait for the right moment. Film is expensive and labour intensive to process. So we’re much more conscious of the moment before pressing the shutter.

How did you come to connect with Indisposable Concept?
It would have been about 3 years ago when I first moved to Bali. I remember thinking it was such an awesome idea/initiative and immediately jumping on board!

Do you remember what was in the first roll of film you shot for IC?
Yes! I remember it very well. It was a roll from Bali, when I first moved back. The people and places have changed so much since then!

It seems film photography and disposables are making a comeback, why do you think that is?
Absolutely. I think there’s a certain nostalgia for the past that has become a huge part of our collective consciousness. We’re wanting to bring back the freedom of the 70s, the colour of the 80s and the rebellious grunge culture of the 90s, and we’re seeing film as the best medium to to that.

If someone destroyed all the disposable cameras in the world and you had the very last one, what would you capture?
It would be a portrait of of my closest friends, just as they are, right now.

What does 2016 hold for you?
A public performance.

Explain your style approach when shooting a roll.
If it feels good, shoot it.

How would you describe your photographic style?
Instinctual. My main impetus for taking a photo is light. I get excited by late afternoon light flooding through a window, or back light skimming the blonde tips of a friend’s hair. I pick up my camera every time I notice the way that light is affecting my surroundings.

Who or what influences you creatively?
The wonderful humans around me. I live in a house full of entertaining, creative people with so much energy and enthusiasm who all have a knack for making beautiful images.

Where do you find inspiration?

Fave place to shoot?
My dream location would be a set designed by my friend Diva who is a set designer for feature films. She makes the most incredible scenes from the real to the surreal.

5 at 5… (For lack of a better name)

5 photos from history you wish you’d taken? N/A

5 people you’d like to photograph?
1. Frances Bean Cobain
2. Jane Birkin
3. @thehautepursuit
4. @lilahsummer
5. Phoebe Tonkin

5 books you wish you had written?

5 people you’d invite around for drinks and dinner?
1. Michael Haneke
2. Helmut Newton
3. Gregory Crewdson
4. Sofia Coppola
5. Bill Henson.

5 go to songs to get you in the mood?
1. Faking Jazz Together’ – Conan Mockasin
2. I Gotta Find Peace Of Mind – Lauryn Hill
3. Pure Imagination – Willy Wonka
4. Señorita – Justin Timberlake
5. ‘It Was A Good Day’ – Ice Cube