The picture of the two sisters was taken at Ngadirejo village in the district of Probolinggo, East Java which lies close to the Tengger caldera. The shot was taken inside their home with available light from the window as they relies on natural light during the day and oil lamps during the night. They worked as farmers and plant mainly tomatoes and onions. Despite the eruption of Bromo in 2011 which devastated their village, killing almost all vegetations and crops alike and the disruption of water supplies, they are very resilient, full of optimism and determination to carry on with their lives.
Mervyn Dublin is a Professional Landscape and Travel Photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His talent and dedication has given him the ability to create incredible and diversified images of everything from landscape , travel, architecture and portraiture. Some of his most outstanding works won the Bronze Award-2012 Creative Asia Photography Awards (Portrait) and were nominated for the 6th/7th/8th/9th Annual B&W Spider Awards and 5th/7th Annual Photography Masters Cup. Mervyn was also the finalist for 2011/2012/2013 Sigma Annual Spring Photography Contest and KL Photo awards 2013. His career highlight was when he bagged several titles conferred by IPA (an association under the Lucie Foundation) namely the 8 Honorable Mention IPA 2010,10 Honorable Mention IPA 2011, 4 Honorable Mention IPA 2012, 6 Honorable Mention IPA 2013, 1 Honorable Mention IPA 2014, 3 Honorable Mention IPA 2015 for Portrait, Editorial, Travel, Nature, Architecture categories. In 2016 he was awarded 3 Honorable Mention in Nature and People Categories under Moscow International Foto Awards. In addition, the PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS Silver Awards (Portrait) was also added under his belt. His works are featured in the National Geographic Stock Images, Photography Monthly UK, The Black & White Photography Book, The Photo Paper Journal, Potpourri Magazine, Best of Photography 2011/2012 & was also voted the Top 100 Online Photographer 2010 by ScanDigital.Today, an Executive Diploma in Photography graduate and an experienced photographer, Mervyn still persevere the principle of Ansel Adam that ‘There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.’ As such, he is constantly reimagining existing concepts to transcend the boundaries of what's norm and cliché as he believes that a photograph is a piece of art expressing emotion and esthetic. Hence not bound by rules to create and interpret.