Loro Blonyo, as Symbol of Better Half


This week, share an image that has two clear halves, literally or figuratively. You could focus on composition, like me, and take a photo with an explicit dividing line (either vertical, horizontal, or diagonal). Or take the theme in other direction: zoom in on a pair of objects that together form a whole. Show two people whose demeanor or personality complement each other. Or bring into balance two opposing visual elements – light and dark, color and its absence, sharp focus juxtaposed with blurriness.

Loro Blonyo Dynamic Dancers
Loro Blonyo Dynamic Dancers

Originally Loro Blonyo is a pair statue of bride-and-groom, dressed in traditional Javanese clothes, kneeling and sitting side by side; and has a sacred meaning related to the goddess of fertility and prosperity. However, nowadays the form and meaning of Loro Blonyo has been shifted to an aesthetic function, as a decoration in a house, not only in traditional Javanese houses, but it’s common to see Loro Blonyo in modern Indonesian houses, as a representative of family life between the better-halves, husband and wife as beautiful relationship in harmony.

Like the photo which I submit to this week’s challenge, I preferred Loro Blonyo as dancers in dynamic pose, a man and a woman, complement to each other in marriage and life as better-half. And other reason I take this photo is the colors, half yellow and half off-white, exactly differentiate the background of Loro Blonyo. The two becomes one. The unity.

This post is in response to Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme of this week is Half and Half

Saingan Saya Laki-laki…


Heegh???
Ya memang, kata-kata itu terucap keluar dari bibir sobat saya dalam kesempatan makan siang beberapa waktu lalu. Walaupun setelah 10 tahun tidak bertemu, saya  mengetahui bahwa apa yang disampaikan itu bukanlah berita bohong.  Saingannya laki-laki!

Ini bukan masalah emansipasi yang diperjuangkan  para aktivis, juga bukan mengenai perjuangan di tempat kerja untuk mendapatkan jabatan atau posisi yang lebih menjanjikan. Bukannya ingin melakukan penghakiman dan differensiasi, ini adalah sebuah cerita dari hati seorang anak manusia mengenai kehidupan pasangannya yang tidak sejalan dengan yang umum terjadi  bagi manusia hidup di dunia ini, bahwa jika dia perempuan, maka pasangannya adalah laki-laki. Juga sebaliknya, bila dia laki-laki maka pasangannya adalah perempuan…

Lanjutkan membaca “Saingan Saya Laki-laki…”