Dea Ardyanda

My name is Dea, and I was born in 1990 in Solo, Indonesia. My passion for photography began in high school when I took a photojournalism course.

Although I didn’t actively pursue photography until I studied fashion design at Istituto Marangoni Paris in 2009. During my studies, I learned the importance of documenting my inspirations and progress, which led me to carry a camera with me everywhere. I switched from DSLRs to film cameras because I resonate more with their style, particularly embracing light leak overlays.

To me, these photos represent a documentation of my exploration, capturing the places, ideas, and encounters along my journey. They serve as an archive of emotions and memories from living in different countries and travelling extensively. I draw inspiration from everyday life scenes, people’s lifestyles, literature, art, and movies. My photography approach is spontaneous and candid, aiming to capture moments in their most natural essence, preserving them from the fleeting nature of time. I prefer to maintain some distance from my subjects, capturing their surroundings without distracting them from their activities.

Through showcasing my photos, I hope to remind others of the value in appreciating the beauty of everyday life, as even the smallest moments hold precious significance.

Light leak overlay on man

2022: Arles, France

This still of an afternoon stroll with my boyfriend nearby the river is a part of my light leak overlay collection. It was right before the rain started to drizzle, the grey clouds are dominating the sky.

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Light leak overlay on window in Gangnam I

2018: Seoul , South Korea

First frame of the day with the light leak overlay. First morning of a work trip in Seoul. As I was checking for the weather, I captured the city view from that hotel window.

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Curtain

2017: Tokyo, Japan

This photo is a part of my series called “Chiaroscuro”. It was captured in one of the mornings during a work trip in Tokyo. I remember being very reluctant to leave the bed for work and instead stayed in for a bit while admiring how the shadow falls onto this curtain.

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Dimmed Lights

2018: Jakarta, Indonesia

This photo is a part of my series called “Abstract and Random”. As I was obliged to be quarantined for ten days in a hotel following my arrival in Jakarta during the pandemic years, I had plenty of time to take pictures of everything in the room, including the dimmed bathroom lights.

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Light leak overlay on window in Gangnam II

2018: Seoul , South Korea

Another first frame of the day with a light leak overlay. It was the third or fourth day of my stay in Seoul. I remember while getting ready for work I just wanted to capture how the lights fall on the curtains, but get a nice surprise color addition on the result.

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Light leak overlay on clouds

2016: Sumba, Indonesia

This is an airplane window view during a flight from Denpasar to Waingapu, somewhere above Sumba Island. I believe it was a short while before the cabin crew announced to us about a short stop in Labuan Bajo. This photo is a part of my light leak overlay photo collection.

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