For moments that are magical, even when they come with way too many mosquitoes.
Photo taken in Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines
In the Philippines, it isn’t uncommon to see people residing in spaces under bridges. This is especially true in congested urban areas like Metro Manila, and might not be an entirely different story in other areas such as Cebu City, one of the largest cities outside the capital.
I’ve been seeing some really incredible sunsets almost everyday this January—a good break from the cold, I must say, which gets even worse every day. This weekend, Baguio recorded 8.1 degrees Celsius, and it’s not even funny anymore. The clear night skies are another consolation though, and once again I feel grateful for living somewhere with a balcony that affords me this view, even if the same balcony ushers in too much cold throughout the day.
A few months ago, Owen and I finally visited one of our dream Philippine destinations. Batanes had been amazing, and this time lapse we came up with is our small way of sharing the beauty we had been so lucky to witness. If you enjoyed this, we’d be delighted if you can share it with your friends. If you want to read about Batanes, we wrote a couple on this page.
I’ve never used a lomo camera before, although I’ve always loved applying film-ish effects on my (digital) photos. I got close to purchasing a Diana F+ last week, but I guess I’m not meant to commit to another camera just yet, especially something that requires a wee bit more loving than usual—FILMS. The nearest I got to film photography was those rectangular plastics we called consumer cameras (hey, I grew up in the 90s, you have to understand). Thirty-six shots were spent every time we celebrate a birthday, and a big fat album to go with it afterward. Very classic.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan on getting those big-ass albums anytime soon. I’ve been contenting myself with Hipstamatic, although I have yet to try and print some—a task the printer at home is yet unwilling to do for me.
It’s becoming uncomfortably colder each day in the mountains, and as I type this, the rain has also just begun to pour. It was forgivingly sunny and cool just this weekend (oh, yes, I forget myself too much, it’s Friday, and another weekend is here). It was perfect for a whole-day shoot with a young couple getting married early next month.
Bounty Beach, Malapascua—oh how lofty my expectations were of this place. And I was disappointed.
But that hardly mattered, really. For these kids, at this time in August, it was their beach, and theirs alone. It was the most beautiful place in the whole world, and it was their home.
In my eyes, they made the most beautiful images, they and that beach of theirs, with all its imperfections. It is my hope that these kids grow to know beauty and joy in their purest form, exactly as I did when I was sitting across them, sharing their reality.
First day in a strange place – a chance to take a peek, to test the grounds, to just breathe the air.