Meet the Artist: Didit Prasetyo A
Where’d it all start?
It all started out of boredom. I started taking photos of random things from my phone camera in 2018 and I thought it was fun. Borrowing my sister’s Canon 50D for a couple of months until I decided to get my own and be serious about it. It wasn't until I moved to Bali in 2019 that I got introduced to action (Surf/Moto) lifestyle photography.
Favorite photo you’ve taken and why?
A photo of a good friend of mine by the name of Ayok. We heard the swell was coming to Padang Padang, Bali so we got there first thing in the morning. It wasn’t as good as expected but we decided to start and see how it went. By the time we got to Bingin, it was around noon. Ayok just stood on the cliff looking at the sea for a bit and said, “I think it's gonna be good later, around sunset.” He asked me what I thought. “We’ve come here, might as well do it”, I replied. We waited until 5:00pm and as Ayok was getting in the water and he said “make sure you're ready for the shot.” Smiling, “I will", I said. Sunset comes, I see a set of waves incoming, and I’m ready to get the shot. Ayok caught that one wave, the only wave he was looking for, to do a standing barrel, at sunset and it was magical! After that, the wave is just gone and I still can’t believe how he predicted that one even now.
Where do you feel the most inspired?
When I’m with my friends or girlfriend. They always have creative ideas in mind, and it’s contagious.
What advice do you wish you could give your younger self?
Nothing, just do what you do. Everything will come together in the end, and it will be beautiful.
Favorite photographer or artistic inspiration?
I can actually say my friends and mentors since they’re all either photographers, videographers, or graphic designers. But to name a few - Harry Mark, Woody Gooch, Monti Smith, Andre Cricket, Iqbal Najib, and Ryandi are probably my favorites.
Favorite book, TV show, or movie from the past year?
I like me some thrillers and psychological drama, or anything by Guy Ritchie.
Last meal on earth? (food, setting, people, etc.)
My mom’s Crab Soup, she called it Kepiting Bumbu Lampung.