Showcasing both his talents in design and photography, self-described “creative worker” Romo Jack (@ponypork) expresses his inventiveness through his project #whatmyhandsdoing. In this series, the Jakarta-based 22-year-old photographer explores his rich imagination to craft a platform for his hands to engage in a myriad of set-up activities such as playing music, cooking, slicing vegetables, rummaging, painting to playing volleyball and board games. “Just like how my eyes are always seeing from the time I wake up from bed to the time I fall back asleep, my hands are also doing something every second. There might be thousands, even millions of things our hands have got to do.” Romo tells Instagram blog.
Channeling his active lifestyle into a visual platform, Romo was able to design a myriad of interesting scenes that gives his hands its own freedom to weave lyrical forms, letting the viewers witness it take a life of its own – through Romo’s meticulous crafting of each image. Always on the look out for inspiration, Romo walks the busy streets of Jakarta for creative stimulus, which he transform into his own visual art with the help of other objects found in ordinary homes. It also helps that Romo has developed a habit of buying lots of novelty and pre-loved items from the many flea markets in Jakarta.
“I’m a sucker when it comes to secondhand items,” he says. “I believe they can be recreated into something more valuable, and the important thing is to collect them first”, putting his imaginative ideas into motion went seamlessly for Romo, as he never made a definite long-term plan for the series. He just went ahead and made it visually stunning – until hordes of new Instagram followers started raving about his art in a daily basis.“I found out that you don’t need to spend too much time just imagining about a concept, which might lead you to do nothing in the end. The more important thing is to take a look around us and just do it!” he explains.
Romo’s #whatmyhandsdoing series has already achieved a following of almost 17,000 followers and has also caught the attention of other independent artists from all over the world. Recently, he did a collaboration project with Mexican artists and designer Mimi Velarde for her own #mypantonestory series. As the old adage says “don’t bite the hand that feeds”, Romo follows that to heart, and instead revel on the process of photographing his hands that feeds creative things, allowing us to marvel at how stunningly creative an artistic mind and a set of hardworking hands can achieve.