Dela, Empowering Women, and Youth through Her Shots
Born and raised in Jakarta, Dela, whose dream was to be a doctor due to a recommendable TV time listening to jams from ‘Susan dan Kak Ria Ernes’, found a passion for photography upon reaching her teenage phase. Before working with YCAB Foundation as a full-time photographer and graphic designer, Dela had worked in several companies, namely local magazines and web developers with the same position. Through her lenses, YCAB Foundation’s images have imprinted the lives of its beneficiaries through digital platforms and brought a huge impact through her story-telling photographs.
Dela sees a hummingbird as her spirit animal. While vision is a critical component of hummingbird behavior, Dela visualizes her ‘mood board’ before photographing her objects just as sharp as a hummingbird would. Her works can be seen in most of YCAB Foundation’s photographs on the website and social media handles. Her portfolio in YCAB Foundation compasses portraiture, and portraits of people, where she shows different angles of human interest, “I want to show the realness and rawness in people’s emotions. Their strength, resilience, and natural beauty. I want to highlight the essence of who they are.”. Before the pandemic happened, Dela ran a self-development class that had 10 student participants from Rumah Belajar.
Dela found her team in YCAB is a ‘delight to work with’, just like birds of a feather flock together. When asked about how her job affects her as an individual, Dela shared: “What I value the most about being a part of YCAB Foundation is when I get to meet the beneficiaries – whether it is the students or womenpreneurs. It’s the feeling like you had done something great to someone’s life, especially when they shared how grateful they were for the assistance/programs that YCAB Foundation provides. Being here reminds me that even the littlest act of kindness matters; however small, it will be useful for the right people. This fostered my sense of empathy and sympathy for others.”
Dela hopes that more people will be reached and helped by YCAB Foundation, and the hashtag #extensionofgoodness is not merely just a hashtag, but actual action for a better livelihood for Indonesian women and youth.