Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dusting off the digital cobwebs from this blog. Reviving it soon. Takits!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Indomitable Faith: Nazareno 2011

ON the Feast Day of the Black Nazarene of 2011, I was privileged to have been invited by Wide Open Workshops (WOW) to join their photowalk. Wide Open or WOW is a regular street photography masterclass  facilitated by street photography champion and veteran photojournalist Luis Liwanag. It is held regularly every few weeks and the meandering sidestreets of Quiapo and Baclaran serve as Luis' and his wards' stomping grounds.      

It was my first time to shoot Pista ng Nazareno, as well as the dozen or so WOW photowalkers' that day. I've been hesitant to cover this event the past years what with the notoriety of Manila's pickpockets as well as having a personal aversion to crowds. So shooting the Nazarene Feast was an "out of the comfort zone" thing for me, in a way. As I found out that day, it was a completely different "zone" altogether. Nothing can possibly prepare you for the total sensory assault of a 6 million or so crush of people crowded in the narrow streets surrounding Quiapo. It was, in turns, like being inside a giant moshpit, a washing machine, a blender or a river's current. It just completely engulfs you and carries you away.

Beyond the adrenaline rush, covering the Nazareno procession was also an eye-opener of sorts for me. Not being a "religious type", it was easy to scoff at the event as just a spectacle of what others consider religious fanaticism. But I realize now that fanaticism is an unfair description of why people, mostly from the poor, come in droves, barefoot to attend this event. Gazing at the tired but determined faces of the devotees, I can't help believing that the  more accurate description would be indomitable faith, an unswerving belief that by showing devotion to a Higher Being, they might yet be redeemed from the hardships of life they were born into.      


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Payong (Umbrella)

Taken on a rainy early evening. Just for the heck of it and because it was overcast and about to rain when I started shooting, I boosted the camera's saturation setting. Saved me some time in post processing. Suggested soundtrack (click right and open in a new window).