Name : Erwin
Surname : Tirta
Year of Birth : 1988
Country : Indonesia
Q1: When did you start making art?
Since I was a little boy, maybe around 6-7 year old, I always loved everything that looks beautiful. Everyone will often find me drawing with my toys as the model. When I was a teenager, teachers often scold me for drawing on my books in class. And when I’m in college, I find out that the art & design education in my town is not as I hoped to be so I drop out and I pursue my dream self-taught through internet & my own wits until now.
Q2: What does inspire you?
I must say, everything. Mostly about humans, psychology, legends, myth, ideology, religion, comics, cartoon, and everything that looks nice
Q3: What are your techniques?
I have no fixed techniques, I choose to evolve to whatever i find interesting and I will dig it and then I will combine it with my old techniques every now and then. As for now, I mainly focus on digital photography.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Most of my works is about Beauty in Darkness, but it doesn’t mean that I’m not into Beauty in Light. I’m open to every kind of Beautiful Visual Artworks as long it evoke Shock & Awe.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I’m open to everything, Black, White, Black & White, Other Colours as well. The secret is how and when to mix them.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I’m thinking about moving to next level, but it needs time and I can’t tell you what for now. The reason ? Because I’m bored.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
A lot of them! Streams of ideas are always constantly filling my head but alas, for me to realize it, I would need a lot of resources and I don’t want to create something vaguely (half-ass’d) so yeah, I really hope everything will go well with my plan in time.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of erwintirta.
Dark, Beauty, True.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
This HERE is the very first serious concepted project that I made alone (and it gave me my first DD at that time) with some references from a Photographer from Greek (I adopted the concept of his work and made some changes with it) The techniques is not much, i use Canon 450D at that time and the 17-85mm Lens /f4. The only thing that intrigue me is how often people ask me what camera I use to produce such sharp picture (I only use 1 old flashhead + dirty softbox and it’s a cheap one, chinese brand)
and I’m surprised at how many people who doesn’t read the manual book you get when you buy a camera, trust me the secret is in the book. As for the feelings, I would leave that matter to the viewers. One can’t control what emotions or ideas one get when seeing an artwork.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Well, I upgraded my camera from 450D to 5DmkII.. just for Full Frame’s sake
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Why not both! Because escaping from reality itself is Life, right? 😀