Days of Dead Skin Scrolls

I am joining this contest: LensCulture Black and White Photography Awards for the first time. Among my many, many black and white photos, I opted to submit my selfie photo during one of my hardest personal episodes. Some say black and white photo forces you to see things in a different way, some say it allows you to begin to think about these key elements of lighting, composition, tones, framing- things that you might neglect due to the seductiveness of color. Some say it helps you emphasize emotion, thatconnection that viewrs can relate to, some say because of Black and White’s timelessness. And that in turn pushes you creatively. They Say.
But for me, I have to do this in Black and White, it is hard for me to see myself RED.  https://bit.ly/2EoN18y

 

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Mall Events Photography Portfolio 1

PyroMusical Competion |

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SM BF Opening |

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SkyDome Charity Concert |

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SMBF Cyberzone Opening |

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SM Sucat Valentine Special  |

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MOA Arena One Championship Fight |

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MOA Concert Grounds Reggae Festival |

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My work got published in a Philippine major daily

I am happy to see my work land on Manila Bulletin, a major news daily in the Philippines. Thank you very much for the wonderful write-up Arlene Donaire! Thank you too to Picture Perfect Editor Ronald Jayme for being patient with me. Thank you Lord our God, to YOU be the Glory!

Published. Manila Buletin. 7Feb2017
http://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2017/02/07/layered-tapestry-of-street-life/
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One Tip To Improve and Change the Way You Shoot Street

It is very simple. Here is a  Conventional Wisdom .

Just Shoot And Do Not Think About It.

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Embrace surprise. Go with the flow. Touch the groove. Smell the Street. Let the genius inside of you do the work.

Just Shoot And Do Not Think About It.

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Let me illustrate how.

THINKING. If you are working on a job  you use a lot of your Brain, whether you like it not, you are paid for it and you must THINK about it. You deal with a specific problem and you are hired to Think, Solve,  Find a Solution to a specific problem which requires time and  substantial amount. If you are a a professional Photographer and you are hired to take pictures of a certain event, you do not do street photography, you do what you are hired for. You need to Think about what to frame, you need to photograph images that would satisfy your client.

If Street Photography Feels like Work- I don’t want to do it.

UNTHINKING. In doing Street Photography  you FEEL for it. Your brain cannot help you find a solution because no problem is presented. There is no WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and HOW. In Street Photography there is only WHY and you are not even required  to answer it. Much as when you truly love somebody, there is no specific answer. There is only that FEELING. You use your Heart rather than your Brain.

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In Street Photography, the more you open your heart to possibilities, the street can randomly offer, the more powerful are you images. The more it is yours. Needless to say the more you use your heart, the less friction you have, the easier it gets.

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Oh, we love to say that Street Photographers are Artists. Well as an artist, we do not dwell into definite, tangible, measurable, palpable problems, we  deal with fuzziness, undefined, often times confusing emotional problems. We do not go and plunge ourselves in a  photowalk and think our way  out for an answer. We walk and find our way, knowing Images do not reveal themselves in  a Question, Images reveal themselves when we begin to wonder and wander.

Shoot to Shoot.

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Truth is- most of the time, whenever I shoot, I am not particularly conscious of what I shoot, like how Painter creates a painting. It so happens that shooting everyday, looking intently at a variety of images everyday, studying what works or not, makes me recognize and be familiar with elements that clicks and makes a photo. Most of the time, the conscious shooting only resides when certain elements that I find interesting, presents itself prior to the fact, that shutter click, when capturing the scene via camera.

I think through repetition, studying even contemplating on photos that “feeds” my subconscious on what to shoot the next time I am on the street. The subconscious just connects your whole being, mind, body, eyes, camera- to the street scene.

Preparation is the key, the mind can only see what it is prepared to see.

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Old Man and Miracles

Just when I was extra grateful that my recurring psoriasis episode would soon be over, here was my last ECG that I have a borderline abnormal, left ventricular hypertrophy as my doctor or simply put: a clogged heart and veins. No wonder I have these chest pains, short breathes, and uncomfortable headaches. The good thing is now I know. I am still blessed.
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Traslacion: A Soul’s Journey

I like to invite everyone to visit on Social Documentary Network my online photodocumentary exhibit of 30 photographs, shot from 2011-2017. It is one’s spiritual journey being a devotee of the Black Nazarene.

Traslacion: A Soul’s Journey
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Photographer in black Jeff Mercader, who came to Manila from California, looks on the woman she pulled-up from getting crushed by the flood of devotees. He does not mind if he cannot take a good photo of the image of Christ at the Traslacion, he knows his priority and he is not even a catholic.

How to Improve your SP via Domino Magic Effect

Frustrated with SP? A newbie struggling with your SP? A long-time shooter who still cannot get it right? A hobbyist who still fears shooting people? Try this Domino Effect. Small, small things which you can do everyday, so small enough, but if you do it regularly this would energize, change for the better and create a big momentum on how you create your photos. Here are sample tiny dominoes, it is easy to knock them over.

1. Shoot One Quick “InYourFaceShot” everyday. (It could be a mobile phone shot, but never a hipshot. It could be anybody, but shoot them right in their face. Do this once a day)
2. Read a 2-3minutes Photography blog every morning. Do not over think, it could be your meditation, just read.
3. Shoot one simple juxtaposition everyday when you go out. This will train your eye and senses. Sp is all about connecting.
4. Do look at one’s Master’s work everyday for one minute. Look at it with an intent of seeing what makes it work. Just a minute.

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Those are just samples. There are many little little dominoes you can think about. All you need to worry about is showing up and knocking down your tiny dominoes.

Every single day.
Each domino you knock over proves that you are in charge of your Street Photography and that you can create the change you want to improve your shots.

Domino time.

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