Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Process of Self-Expression

Why do we take photographs? Do we take them for other people to admire our skill? Do we take them as record, document or as trophy? Do we create them to advertise to our friends that we are having a beautiful, sucessful, enviable life, or do we create them for ourselves, a process of expressing how we feel to be alive in our world.
I create images because the act of looking helps me to slow down and actually look at the life I am living. It gets me 'out of my head' and into my world - it helps me to connect and appreciate what is around me, and this act helps me to express myself. Art is about expressing yourself. It doesn't really matter if no one 'gets it' so long as it was a meaningful exercise to you. Buddhist monks make 'Mandala' paintings by pouring sand slowly and carefully to create intricate designs. They work on the art for days and then tip it into the sea when they are finished. The art is often about the process rather than the outcome. When someone appreciates your art it is indeed rewarding. Someone else understands us - someone else 'gets it' too.
- Mark Galer
Foundations of Art and Design (3rd ed), p. 9
Focal Press
My Reflection
I read this part of the book stated above and it strucked me because it articulated the reason why I am doing photography. It is all about self-expression and even more. It is also about sharing the talent to see things differently. As a novice in photography, I am fulfilled when others see what I wanted them to see. I feel it is a gift which should be shared. In the hustle and bustle of urban life, sometimes it is easy to miss out a beautiful sunset, or a small bird on top of a bough, or the formation of dead leaves, or the trance of light in the evening traffic. All of these can be set aside because of the other things which we feel are important. I wish to transcend from what Mark Galer said. It is not only a self-expression, it is a gift that is meant to be shared to others. A self that is given to others.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The second trial in the novitiate is what we call as the Mission Trial. The novices are sent to the different mission districts of the Philippine province and live a life of a missionary. Mostly spending time doing pastoral work in the parish. I was assigned to Mabuhay, Olutanga Island of Zamboanga Sibugay together with EJ Gerilla. After spending one week in immersing in a family in a rural area, I spent the last three weeks giving recollections and retreats to the Xavier High School students. The photos above were taken during a special day, in which students have the opportunity to throw water to everyone. And I mean everyone, including their teachers. I missed those kids and I miss the life in the island. This was taken with an Olympus digital camera.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Ducks in their er... diamond formation? Taken at the Gourmet Retreat Center in Tagaytay. As soon as we came near the pond, they all came splashing to the pond. Talk about deficiency in attention. They all hurried down to the pond and strutted themselves in front of us. They must actually recognize a camera since they came nearer to me. Wonderful, noisy ducks who know how to pose.
Last September, my batchmates and I went to Naga City, to witness the Pe├▒afrancia festival. While there, I was tasked by Fr. Rene Javellana, SJ to take some pictures of the Ateneo de Naga Church, named in honor of Christ the King. This is not my first structural pictures. Probably, Fr. Rene liked my pictures during the Cavite tour, so he commissioned me to do this one. The Baroque design that you see here was actually an idea of Fr. Rene. There is no painting that you see, because they hope moss would cover it in ten years time. By that time, it will have a rustic and old aura, which would make it comparable with the old churches around the Bicol region. Of course the interior is very modern. But then again, just trying to blend in with the area. Taken with a Canon SLR, Kodak ISO 400 film.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The vow cross: after the Jesuit novice finishes two years in the novitiate, he pronounces his three perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. To mark this perpetual promise, he is given this cross to remind him of God's infinite goodness. The vow crosses that you see were given to me and my 9 other batchmates, as we pronounced our vows last May 31, 2005.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

This shot was taken on the way to Baguio taking the Kennon Road. I was sitting in a van speeding at around 40 km/h. Just imagine the timing and the speed of the shutter that I used. But then again, this is a "tsamba" shot. click! click! click!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

And two roads merge again. Don't we all come from different roads? Trekking our own lives, living out our dreams? And yet, we all come together to trek in this road. Sometimes though, we find other roads we feel is ours to take. But in the end, it is all but the same road we all take. And we merge again.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Playing with the light...
Dawn mass at Naga City

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Theme: Conversations
Pine trees. Cool mornings. Soft sun. Baguio.
Morning Shots.

Favorite subject: sun. It is dificult to catch the sun, but if you do, simply beautiful.