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Here are a few shots taken at SPINDIKATO: The Team Manila Christmas Party. Team Manila is, if you don’t yet know, the official rep of Lomographic Society International in the Philippines. Their parties are always bangin’ events, with a full-on assortment of graphic designers, skateboarders, photographers, musicians and other scenesters always present.  

 

Lomo Wall Lala

Lomo Wall Lala

 

Sandwich Singing "Last Christmas"

Sandwich Singing "Last Christmas"

Zen Wife

Zen Wife

 

Los Tres Moskitos

Los Tres Moskitos

 

Schoolmatez

Schoolmatez

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So, I took the Demekin out for a spin last week, taking photos of the office compound and nearby Eastwood City mall. Here’s what I learned:

 

1. The Demekin needs a lot, and I do mean A LOT, of light for it to take a decent shot. Bright day, strong, direct sun.
2. The fisheye lens means I have to get closer to my subjects.
3. Don’t wind the film until you are ready to shoot. The shutter button is unprotected and easy to press accidentally.
4. Stand still while shooting. No drive by snapshots. The shutter is relatively slow.
5. People like the Demekin and will invariably ask you about it. Be prepared for a short chat.

 

Here are some of my test shots:
shadowy

shadowy

 

crosswalk low

crosswalk low

 

total bunting

total bunting

 

fountain fisheye

fountain fisheye

 

forklift forking

forklift forking

 

More photos are posted on my multiply account: here.  Do let me know what you think. Cheerios! 
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

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.

 

Libertad Pumping Station @Canonet Junior

Libertad Pumping Station @Canonet Junior

 

 

 This photo was taken on the same day as the previous shot, using the Canonet Junior. I was suprised to see small white seagulls flying around the area, feasting on the fishies trapped in in the tidal pool. Manila Bay isn’t exactly known for avian denizens other than sparrows.

 

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Manila Bay @Canonet Junior

Here’s a view of Manila Bay taken from near the Mall of Asia. Rather than shooting out into the bay, I opted to shoot inland. In the distance you can see the sprawling and rather monstrous GSIS complex. Taken earlier this year, not in 1976.