Developing a Deep Passion in Underwater Photography

Posted: 08/12/2011 in all marine news

Katrin Figge –

On his 11th birthday, Hengki Koentjoro’s mother gave him a Kodak pocket camera as a present. Even though Hengki was young and the camera was more of a toy to him than anything else, he was hooked.

“I fell in love with the idea of preserving what I was seeing,” said Hengki about the beginning of his love affair with photography. “From that moment forward, I began documenting, photographically, the activities of my family, as well as the community surrounding me.”

Hengki, who was born in 1963 in Semarang, Central Java, eventually moved to Santa Barbara, California, where he studied video production and photography.

Now based in Jakarta, where he lives with his wife and three children, he works as a freelance videographer and editor, specializing in nature documentaries and corporate profiles, while still pursuing his passion for black-and-white photography. Hengki said he believed his “true purpose in life’s journey of expression” was photography.

Hengki took his skills as a photographer to another level by becoming a master of underwater photography, capturing fascinating ocean life through his lens. Perhaps this was a logical step for someone who has been fond of diving his entire life and holds a deep admiration for the ocean.

While he continues to take photographs on land, it is Hengki’s underwater shots that have many people mesmerized.

“I am very fortunate to live in Indonesia,” he said. “We have approximately 17,000 islands with great marine biodiversity. The ocean is an important place to me. Despite its shifting tides, its anger and gentleness, it has taught me to ‘go with the flow.’

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