My Interview with Bryan Peterson

If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Bryan Peterson and his work. His book, Understanding Exposure, is the first photography book that I’ve ever read. I purchased it along with my first ever DSLR, Nikon D40.

Since I’m his fan, I had to reveal that I had wished to interview him for some time now. But life could take a strange turn… it turns out that he is the one who wants to interview me after my nomination in Sony’s World Photography award!

Below is the transcript of my interview with him. If you’re in Bryan’s email list, you should’ve seen this newsletter.


Interview of Andrew Suryono

At BPSOP, we love to hear success stories from photographers, here’s one we want to share with you from Andrew Suryono, who recently had one of his amazing photos nominated for Sony’s 2015 World Photography Competition.

How long have you been shooting, Andrew?
I’ve been snap shooting since I was 15 years old using an Olympus 2MP camera. I was born in the digital age so that was my first ever camera. I’ll throw in a little secret here: I never shot a single roll of film in my life!

I upgraded from a snap shooter to an enthusiast after reading your book, “Understanding Exposure” – this was 6 years ago. I purchased your book along with my first DSLR: Nikon D40. Your images in the book was a great source of inspiration and your easy to understand instruction really make learning photography a breeze.

Where do you live?
I live mostly in my hometown: Surabaya, Indonesia. This place is really close to the super famous Bali island where I took the orangutan and sunset picture. It’s truly a joy to be able to live near this place.
I also frequently visit USA to visit family members that live there (Northern California).

What are some of your photographic goals?
My photographic goal is to create moving and memorable travel images. I want people to be moved and positively impacted with my photography.

Favorite subjects to shoot?
Pretty much everything! I consider myself to be a travel photographer so I love to shoot everything. However, if I’m pressed to choose the subject, I’d say wildlife and landscape.

Favorite places that you have traveled so far?
1. Bali for its diverse photo opportunities
2. New Zealand for its gorgeous landscape
3. Tibet for its deep rooted culture

Where can we see more of your work?
My website at

Thanks for sharing your story with us Andrew, and you keep shooting!


That’s the end of the interview. I just want to say that I will keep on shooting and sharing my work here. Thanks for the interview, Bryan! And I look forward to learn more from you!

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