Photography was an accidental passion for Herman Rahman, what started out as simply taking photos during family vacations grew to be a serious love that he continues to nourish till today with the support of his parents. His knowledge of photography is impressive, having read widely prior to his leap into the game. When asked who are his greatest inspirations, he drops names like Henri Cartier-Bresson, James Nachtwey and Eddie Adams.
Photography has cultivated a unique sense of patience in him, having been used to waiting to get that ‘perfect shot’. But what is a 'perfect shot'? Herman shares that photography in itself is compelling and has the ability to elicit many different responses. However, to capture that perfect shot that inspires the same emotion instinctively from every person that sees it, an emotion strong enough to inspire action, is something as difficult as it is precious. But to dedicate himself towards capturing those shots is something that has given him purpose in his work.
He cites street photography as his “training” for his ultimate aim to be a documentary photographer covering socio-economic issues. His conviction that photography, and the media in general, has the power to change the world, has inspired him to be a cog in the machinery that will raise awareness regarding vital humanitarian issues. This is certainly already evident. For example, his photo set titled 'Baya', which I personally found beautifully documented, traces the day of a foreign worker as he shares the difficulties of his job, his yearning for the company of his wife and child and the admirably positive views that gets him through each day.
“I get inspiration from everywhere, as a street photographer you notice so many things about people, you become so observant of things others usually overlook. So I guess people inspire me ”
He recounts how he woke up at 5 on a cold winter morning, hoping to shoot the sunrise, only to be petrified by 2 aggressive dogs who stood in his way - “I’ve never been more afraid in my life. But I did manage to get one of my favorite photos from that encounter!” Such an experience is pretty telling of the lengths he’ll go for the sake of his art. Herman exudes the confidence of a person whose dreams are larger than the sum of his parts. The dreams he harbors for his photography transcends his own personal wants, fueled by a desire to contribute something bigger to society and eventually, the world.