December 2012


I’m in Baguio right now, the summer capital of the Philippines. The weather’s great up here in the mountains, crisp, cool, autumn collection weather. I’m armed with three film cameras, an Olympus 35UC, a Ricoh R1 and a Nishika N9000 lenticular.

Film, however, isn’t a medium for instant gratification. For that, I’ve got Instagram. Here are a few of my shots.

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Lone Cafe Customer

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Want pot?

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Casa Corridor

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Film Purchase

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Camera at Camp John Hay

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Chef's Table

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Waiting for the rain to stop

Lomography Everyday

If you find yourself at the Trinoma Mall this early December, you may want to check out Team Manila’s LOMOGRAPHY EVERYDAY exhibit at the mall’s theater level. They’re exhibiting a lot of the cameras we love to shoot as well as some of the year’s best shots. Film and cameras will be available as well.

I’m coming home from a day trip to Pampanga, an excursion which involved a lot of eating and taking photos and was organized by Asus. We spent most of the afternoon familiarizing ourselves with the Asus Nexus 7 and the Asus Vivo book, the former being one of the best Android tablets I’ve tried and the latter the first Windows 8 tablet I’ve tried.

I mostly used the Nexus 7, the challenge being to use its camera, a FRONT-FACING 1.2MP number, to take good shots in and around the Prado Farms. How do you do that when either you shoot your photo with your head in the frame, or, you shoot blindly?

The answer? Skills. And a lot of body English.

Here are my shots.

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Up or down, perspective is always relative.

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Some windows are meant to be looked at, rather than looked into.

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Like a magician's trick, the magic of a parol is in the unseen, what lies behind cover.

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Bicycle repair is best when you squeeze in a few yoga stretches in between.

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And some squats.

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Traditions are better if they're made by hand.

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Bespoke is always best.

Not so shabby, methinks! This just proves what superstar photographer Chase Jarvis keeps saying: the best camera is the one that’s with you.