28 June 2007
World-renowned photojournalists are donating their favorite images, signed and printed, to raise money for female victims of acid burning and to raise awareness about a fate inflicted on many women in Pakistan. Marked with dishonor, their harsh disfigurement often forces them to live in the shadows of every-day life--excluded by family and society.
Here is your chance to literally change a woman's life while also owning some of the most compelling photojournalism of the modern era.
Online Auction items include never before available work by such photographers as The New York Times' Todd Heisler, whose emotional Pulitzer Prize-winning work on the return of deceased soldiers from Iraq will be available for purchase for the first time.
Auction open NOW and closes midnight EDT July 1, 2007
To know more, please visit Operation Azra
Thanks to Marvi Lacar for the heads up.
26 June 2007
Take a thrilling adventure and make it worth a lifetime for a child!
Cartwheel Foundation invites you to experience the renowned Cagayan De Oro River white water rapids and raft for indigenous people's education, together with The Red Rafts and Men's Health Magazine. Starting this June until October 2007, raft with The Red Rafts, Cagayan de Oro's premier outfitter, and part of the proceeds of your trip will benefit the educational programs of Cartwheel.
There are an estimated 12 million indigenous peoples (IPs) in the Philippines and they have little or no access to quality education. Cartwheel is committed to bridging the gap and ensuring that they enjoy their right to education that is best suited to their culture. You too can lend your support and have a blast while you're at it - you might just dicover the ride of your life!
Go with your friends or even take the whole office for an outing (special teambuilding activities are included).
Reserve your trip now! Call/ Text (0922) 454-0021 or (0919) 204-3534
Note: Cebu Pacific promo of P99 fare to CDO available from June 21 to 27!
25 June 2007
I also met some of the noted Filipino Documentary photographers including Kat Palasi, Tommy Hafalla, Raymund 'Bogsie' Panaligan, painter and photographer Ross Capili, Gari Buenavista, Emily Schiffer, Foto Baryo's Amor Rodriguez and Cres Yulo. One of the young photographer, Bea Peralta proudly pointed out her work "Bat Girl" which was shot with a large format camera. I was told that the students are mentored to assume the role of a teacher to the future students of the community which makes this project sustainable and have a long way to go.
“Natural Lang” will run from 23 June to 16 September 2007 at the Blank Space Gallery, 0431 Quirino Ave. Paranaque. The gallery is open seven days a week by appointment only (02) 851 2647.
To commuters, take an MRT and alight at EDSA/ Pasay Station. On the North bound lane of EDSA, take a jeep going to Baclaran and tell the driver to bring you at Quirino Avenue, there you may ride a jeepney going to Zapote. Blank Space is on the left, beside A Barrel of Wine.
Foto Baryo + Blank Space invites you to "Natural Lang"
I've been a resident of
Woossh! Motorists can't escape the wild crowd.
Amidst the revelry and laughter, I wonder if this is the way it ought to be celebrated. This is far from what I found:
All towns and suburbs named San Juan (St. John the Baptist) celebrate this festival, which involveds playfull "baptism" with ilang-ilang scented water and is meant as a coy flirtation between the sexes. It can degenerate into a free-for-all water fight with much drenching and laughter. Places to see and be drenched include San Juan in Metro Manila; Baylan in Batangas, which stages a lechon parade; Punta in Taytay, near Bacolod City, in Negros Occidental and Camiguin, North Mindanao.
Feast of Saint John the Baptist: San Juan! San Juan! Basaan!
People in Xishuangbanna, southwest China, douse one another with a basin of water to usher in spring. In Thailand, people sprinkle water on guests at a water festival in April. The Philippines has its own version of these Buddhist traditions, when it celebrates the Feast of San Juan Bautista, or St. John the Baptist.
In many parts of Europe and North America, people kindle bonfires on hilltops at the approaching summer solstice, when the days begin to grow shorter. To this ancient ritual
are added other festive activities like games and parades, street dancing, outdoor eating, carnival attractions, and fireworks. Such gaeity may well be their version of a Philippine fiesta, but for the fact that the custom coincides with the Feast of St. John the Baptist on June 24.
West meets east in the Philippines when June 24 is celebrated by dousing and sprinkling of water or by family outings to the beach or riverside. This Filipino custom is the most appropriate way of commemorating the only saint, other than Mary, whose birth is celebrated in the Christian liturgy. (Feasts of other saints fall on the day of their death.) After all, Saint John is the precursor who prepared people for the coming of Christ by baptizing them with water.
Matthew 2:11 quotes Saint John as saying: "I indeed baptize wou with water unto repentence but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he sahll baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire."
Anyone who goes to the town of San Juan, Metro Manila on the morning of June 24 cannot stay dry. neither will anyone who visits small towns near a stream, a river, or the sea before noon. The experience is supposed to remind one of one's baptism.
Small childre nuse a tabo, usually an empty can used as a water dipper, to douse strangers with water. Older perspns my fill theor ancient coconut shells with perfumed water to sprinkle on passersby. Others get their bamboo cylinders fitted with pistons to squirt water on whoever passes by. Still others use water pistols.
Unfortunately, the tradition is being threatened by killjoys or local bullies who douse car owners or jeepney riders with water from open ditches. Their actions have made others question the very idea of the festivity.
Source: Filway's Philippine Almanac Centennial Edition
I arrived late at the Universal Stage where I managed to go in and shoot several bands amidst a thinning crowd. Afterwards, I moved to the Rock Stage. Apparently, I was not allowed entry (the bouncer told me that Pulp, organizer for this year's Fete, is strict and doesn't allow photographers inside).
21 June 2007
Igorot mendicants are a usual sight in Metro Manila. Notwithstanding the negative impression they give, begging for a living is frowned upon by all tribal groups in the Cordillera. "Hindi naman talaga sila naghihirap (compared to the Tagalog beggars which you see in Manila) so I don't know why they are doing it. And no, begging is not something that they do in their own villages back home but some are also begging in Baguio. Some are angry at these beggars for creating a bad image for Igorots. Some would just shrug it off. I'm not quite sure if any Igorot would be sympathetic to the beggars. Okay siguro if they really had to beg dahil walang-wala sila pero hindi naman sila walang-wala" said IgorotBlogger.
Igorot Beggars: The Skeletons in our Open Closet
18 June 2007
I remember the time (though on a privately owned establishment) when I tried to secure a permit from Ayala Land management to photograph Greenbelt 3 – particularly the area fronting the Greenbelt Chapel and two other separate areas in the same establishment. In my letter, I clearly stated that my shoot will be for my portfolio only and images will not be used commercially. What I got in return was a billing amounting to P10, 000.00! I called them up and explained that it's not for commercial use. A staff who received my call told me that she can’t do anything since she's just following her boss' instructions. Fine. However, I still find it odd (as many photographers can attest) that, while they are so strict with locals (especially those with pro-looking DSLRs), yet quite ironically they’re so lenient with camera-totting foreigners (even those with DSLRs). I tried Google-ing and found some images of Ayala Mall’s Greenbelt area shot by bloggers and foreigners alike. Hmmm.. I wonder if they had sent them the billing. I don't have against restrictions (if that's the rule) but please just be fair enough.
‘Nough said, anyway. Here are some photographs made last Saturday.
One of the images I managed to snap. Taken across the Park fronting University of Makati.
Mango vendors at Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.
I did an experiment on this one. I set-up the camera on a tripod and used the self-timer (in lieu of a remote trigger) and while the shutter was open, I fired the flash manually set at 1/4th power.
Thanks to Ching, Jenny, Jessie and Jet of LakbayKlik!
12 June 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday, 23 June 2007
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Blank Space Gallery, 0431 Quirino Ave., Parañaque City
“Natural Lang” celebrates the honesty of introspections and interactions at Tropical Palace. The project captures the natural ability of children to embrace love, fear, pain, and joy, unimpeded by mental and emotional boundaries that adults set. It also parallels the experiences of the students as they learned photography and immersed themselves within the community, that the audience may share their clarity of vision. “For us, the images are not about poverty; that would be superficial,” shares Emily. “They’re about these children as individuals. We hope that people will appreciate the complexity of their situation, and the elements that come into play in their lives.” The dynamics between all participants provided the project its wings. The quality of interaction allowed a natural and intimate engagement in community life. Young children constantly surrounded and played with the artists and students as they photographed. Residents proudly display black-and-white prints on the walls of their homes. They have also become comfortable enough to acknowledge their emotions in the presence of the group. The teacher-student relationship evolved to co-photographer/colleague, as the group shared experiences and perspectives with one another. The entire spectrum of vision is captured by the project, with each participant contributing his or her unique set of values and level of understanding. Students who consider Tropical Palace home provided insiders’ perspectives, while the others were encouraged to invest five months of time and effort to gain trust and acceptance from the community.
“Natural Lang” will run from 23 June to 11 August 2007 at the Blank Space Gallery, 0431 Quirino Ave. Paranaque.
Read more about the collaborative project on Ms. Cres Rodriguez-Yulo's site.
09 June 2007
Eric Lecomte was the founder and interpreter of his own Compagnie 9.81 and this performance is part of the French Spring Manila 2007. Thanks to Marie of Alliance Francaise De Manille.
My entries "Life Under the Bridge" and "Slum Dwellers" placed 3rd (black & white category) and special mention (colour category) respectively.
Thank you everyone!
To view contest results, please visit WHO website.
07 June 2007
The site features a forum where photo enthusiasts can discuss almost any topic regarding photography- from photo gears, photography genres to the business side of it. Registered members may also contribute articles on its photography blog and announcements section.
Special thanks to Mr. Ross Capili.
04 June 2007
Kinabuhayan Cafe is part of Viaje Del Sol.
Special thanks to Desiree Ching.
02 June 2007
Aperture and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom are the two leading all-in-one post production tool designed for professionals and serious amateur photographers. Both are not just raw file converters but these applications boasts intuitive features, non destructive editing, advanced raw processing, seamless integration of IPTC/ Metadata, keyword tagging, and a whole lot more!
While I haven't tried using either of the softwares mentioned, I personally liked Aperture's loupe tool and its feature where you can layout your photos side by side. I maybe an old school but this is especially helpful when you're grouping photos or when you're trying to figure out how your photos will look like on a page - very much like the traditional editing process.
Here are some site's you may visit to know more about these applications:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Learning Center
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips
O'Reilly Digital Media: Inside Lightroom
Luminous Landscape Review
Photoshop.com Learning Resource Center
Aperture Users Professional Network (AUPN)
O'Reilly Digital Media: Inside Aperture
Aperture Tricks- All about Apple Aperture
Apple's Review on Luminous Landscape
There's even a Flickr plug-in for Aperture plus an Automator if you want the downloading, naming, backup, importing, and tagging of your latest shots done automatically. The choice is yours.
Thanks to John Mateos Ong & Bong Almonguera of Ynzal Marketing.
Silverlens Gallery is located at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Warehouse 2, Yupangco Building. Gallery hours are 10 to 7pm Mondays to Fridays and 1 to 6pm on Saturdays. For more information, call (02) 816-0044 / (0905) 52650873 or email email@example.com.
Thanks to Ben Razon.