Leonard Suryajaya creates lush, harrowing, and hilarious images in his photography, and I was fortunate enough to be a part of his process for his recent work with The New York Times.

While I initially wanted to talk to Leonard about his creative process, I couldn’t help but indulge and take a detour into the history of Indonesia.

Leonard’s story of immigrating from a repressive culture in Indonesia to a theater department in California is fascinating, as are his insights about American and Indonesian society.

He also has an enlightening perspective on how people can use fitness to “punish themselves,” and he shares his own learning about being gentler on himself in training.

If you haven’t seen Leonard’s photographs, please spend some time on his website at www.leonardsuryajaya.com.

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