KTRN: For visuals

My first camera, a Nikon D5100 which I still use to date, was bought by dad on my 18th birthday. I said scrap the big debut, I just want a camera. I wanted to capture real memories in the hopes to immortalize them.

When papa passed away, I learned that he used the last of his savings to buy me the cam which he couldn’t afford at that time. He relied on instant noodles for a whole month of trying to save up. Just for her baby girl’s wish.

i just realized that while I wanted to immortalize moments with my camera, at that time, I wasn’t able to take much photos of my dad. I failed my original purpose.

So now I try to the best that I could to document the places and people and instances that truly matter to me. Here I am, doing photography once more.

I hope that whoever comes to read and see my stuff would feel something for it. Feel happiness, or sadness, or anger even. These stills of life are supposed to move us.

— and yea those are my portraits; proofs that I am a real person and not just a bot! Haha!

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i literally googled “how to keep my creativity” in an attempt to push me to write.

our creativity stutters every now and then. sometimes, our flow is no more.

but i guess we only need to keep pushing and amassing the many inspiration just around us, waiting to be engaged.


 

i thank Artu Nepomuceno, my favorite photographer, for keeping me inspired. he may never know me, but it is enough he led me to take photos this day.

here’s my artu-inspired set.

 

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Hannah blooms

This is my first pre-debut shoot, and my client and friend, Hannah, wanted to go for the garden theme.

I dare say this theme speaks a lot of the subject, who, in silence, blooms beautifully like a flower. Coupled by the words of Zenkei Shibayama , here are my favorites from the set:

“Silently a flower blooms,
In silence it falls away;

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Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,

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The world of the flower, the whole of
the world is blooming.

This is the talk of the flower, the truth
of the blossom:

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The glory of eternal life is fully shining here.”

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Babalik, BALI

It’s funny how you finally find your way to that one thing you actually tried hard to get.

So finally, I got to Bali. And I promise to be back.

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Ubud Monkey Forest
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Batuan Temple

The Fort

There’s a popular spot in Zamboanga called Fort Pilar which is the go-to place for many first timers in the city. The historic structure has survived years of colonization. Many also believed it to be a place of miracles for the old Zamboanguenos, the Moros and Christians alike.

This shoot is heavily inspired by the two contrasting things that this old strategic stronghold has witnessed. From the everyday life of the locals, all just light and bright, to the stories of many who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate war.

The styling is casual and modernized. The editing, too, is a mix of various color effects, well, just because.

And lastly, all clothes are from my favorite — yep, THRIFTED!

I’ll be labeling each photo with the total worth of the entire outfit.

Thanks to Tesseract Manila for the accessories! And also my ZC person, Hannah Lopez 🙂

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(p85) the waiting

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(p300) little matters

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I have another post with Hannah here —- EASE UP!

Fieldwork

Stepped out of the world of decks and corporate attires to find myself in between  farmers, their crops, and the hopes for their youth.

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Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur –  Checked attendance of the farmers’ coops. Here they are, happily raising their hands.

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Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte –  Running a development project means taking the farmers with you in the journey 100% of the time. Caught this farmer listening eagerly during the talks. He, along with his co members, will have to sit down in a dialogue with project specialists to see how much they know about the project, and to also share their feedback and questions with the working team.

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In one of the demo farms of Zamboanga del Norte.

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Rubber processing facility in Zamboanga Sibugay.

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Good Year, Kabasalan. Fun fact: Good Year is named from (that’s right) Goodyear as in the tire corporation. This barangay used to be one of their champion areas.

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Foreground: Since it was a Sunday, one of our ARBs decided to bring along her daughter to the meeting with the IFAD specialists. No one will be left at home to look after her, she says.

Rubber Man

A worker in the rubber processing plant in Zamboanga Sibugay carries a load of what is called as the ‘white gold‘ of the province. Sibugay holds some of the biggest areas for rubber in the country but was recently hit by the fluctuation of price in the market. Through Project ConVERGE, the rubber farmers of the province hope to be money makers again.

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Ease up – Hannah

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Comfy, casual, and easy… easy like the Saturday morning I met with my muse, Hannah.

This is a roll of firsts, so can’t blame my nerves for being a bit tensed.

It’s my maiden shoot with Hannah. This is her first shoot with a stranger-photographer too! Definitely not the last time we’ll be working together.

Also on my list of firsts — styled and arranged for portraits again so this is a first time (in a long time)…

Ease up, and enjoy!

Kat

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Wardrobe:

Orange Top, Forever21

Knitted Cardigan, Max

Jeans, Giordano

White Rubber Shoes, Pull & Bear

Gold Hoops, H&M

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Calling the part below as a “commercial” since these are extra shots we took just because we fell in love with the lighting that day.