December 2008


 

When you find yourself alone in a foreign land, working overseas for better pay, it’s often a good time to start a hobby, just to keep the blues away.  That’s exactly what reader Fejie F. aka MillionMonks did when he moved to Singapore. He got himself a nice new Holga CFN and joined the local Lomo group www.lomotionsg.com. Here are some of his shots.

 

This photo "was taken on the Hippo Tour, an open double decker bus that goes around the city carrying tourist. Straight ahead is the Singapore Flyer, the biggest observation wheel in the world. Bigger than the London Eye."

This photo "was taken on the Hippo Tour, an open double decker bus that goes around the city carrying tourist. Straight ahead is the Singapore Flyer, the biggest observation wheel in the world. Bigger than the London Eye."

 

"This is just a bougainvilla  in the middle of the Fountain of Weath, at Suntec City. The four towers in the background are part of a 5-building complex that is designed to look like fingers of a left hand jutting out to the sky. At the palm (middle) is the Fountain of Weath."

"This is just a bougainvilla in the middle of the Fountain of Wealth, at Suntec City. The four towers in the background are part of a 5-building complex that is designed to look like fingers of a left hand jutting out to the sky. At the palm (middle) is the Fountain of Wealth."

 

"This shot is an experimental Bulb setting inside a bus traveling at Orchard road."

"This shot is an experimental Bulb setting inside a bus traveling at Orchard road."

Any more Singapore Lomographers out there? Do drop me a message and I can post your best Lomo shots.

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Caliph8

Caliph8

Caliph8

Caliph8

Gallardo Sisters

Gallardo Sisters

Switching DJs

Switching DJs

Jowee on Decks

Jowee on Decks

The Lomographic Embassy Manila is located in the Team Manila studio along Jupiter Road in Makati City. My wife used to work here so we’re pretty much friends with the folks who make up this graphic design studio/Lomo distributorship. They occasionally have great parties with special musical guests, skateboarders, graphic design fans and lomographers. These shots were taken around six months ago, I don’t remember exactly when.

For all Lomographic needs, do visit their website at www.lomographicembassymanila.com

Vignette Doggies

Vignette Doggies

 

Can You Canoe?

Can You Canoe?

 

Underneath the Canopy

Underneath the Canopy

Mhor Phel is, without a doubt, a lomo addict. Known on the web as LOMODRUGS, this keen shooter has, so far, twelve lomographic cameras on his shelf. Despite only shooting for a year, Mhor has a knack for finding mundane things and making them look good, a skill every lomographer should seek to have.

Check out his Multiply site: lomodrugs.multiply.com

More photos from another trip to Candaba Swamp, shot on a Holga CFN. Lots of weird, unexpected effects and light leaks from a crack on the camera and the deliberate mishandling of the film. The crack on the Holga is care of our cat Boris who can be a real pesky critter.

Li'l Kane

Li'l Kane


Main Path

Main Path


Kane Sitting Around

Kane Sitting Around


Hammock Lala

Hammock Lala


Kung Fu Kane

Kung Fu Kane


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Kicking Kane

Oh, and here’s something not travel related but was included in this roll.

Waya and the Gang

Waya and the Gang

The term “travel photography” often conjures up images of exotic locations, unfamiliar sights, fantastic vistas. While it’s those photos that often make magazine covers or posters, travel photography is not at all limited to those subjects nor does it require you to fly to some far-flung destination. Even a photo of the mundane things you find in your neighborhood or near your workplace – the empty building across the street, your neighborhood fruit vendor, the raggedy alley cat who insists on perching precariously atop the church wall – can impart a sense of place.

I like getting myself lost. Around my neighborhood, I often wander about looking for interesting places I may have overlooked. I turn left when I normally go right. I meander whenever time permits. Here are shots of the Manila South Cemetery I entered on a whim one morning, on my way to work. Located in Makati City, this cemetery is crowded, with tombs one on top of each other. Funny thing about this place is that a community has somehow sprouted within the cemetery, with simple folks living among the dead. Some might be homeless, seeking shelter under a mausoleum roof. Some might be caretakers who’d rather live on location than commute to work. You can buy food and smokes from a little store. 

It’s when you allow yourself to get lost that you find new things to experience, appreciate and shoot. Don’t let the fear of the unknown scare you away because you never know what interesting things you can discover when you take a chance. 

Makati Cemetery @Canonet Junior

Makati Cemetery @Canonet Junior

Makati Cemetery @Canonet Junior

Makati Cemetery @Canonet Junior

Just remember, when you decide to get lost, make sure you have your camera.

There’s a special place in the cockles of my heart for Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan. I first visited the place in 1995 just before graduating from college and have since called it my escape, my island oasis, my second home. Those who’ve visited the island have similar things to say, calling it an island paradise, the last frontier, an ecological sanctuary. The seafood is fresh and tasty, the beaches are gorgeous (even though you DO have to go out of the city to get to the best spots), and the folks are friendly. Prices aren’t bad either. I haven’t been back in a few years, so these shots from Gay Somera really hit the spot, making me feel nostalgic, envious and beach-bum-lazy at the same time.

Enjoy these as I have.
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Travelomo in Candaba Swamp @Yashica Rookie TLR

Travelomo in Candaba Swamp @Yashica Rookie TLR

 

Lala in Candaba

Lala in Candaba

Early this year, my wife and I went birdwatching in the Candaba Bird Sanctuary in Pampanga. Them birds are impossible to shoot without a supertelephoto, so we just took photos of each other instead.  The best time to go is from December to around April, while the clime is cold. Get there early in the morning, about 5am, or at dusk.

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