Wide Open (Street Photography Workshop)

After weeks of summer gala, June has come to haunt us again. Not that I have to get back to gradschool (classes will open on August); but really I have to get going and make significant progress if I intend to go beyond the ~initiation phase. I braved myself into asking a renowned professional photographer if he’s offering photography seminars or workshops these coming months and good thing he’s planning one. The price had slightly affected my gradschool stash but the promise of learning more and improving my skillz outweighed certain budgetary constraints.

Last Sunday, we began our two-week workshops. Morning session’s dedicated to a bit of theory—defining street photography, trying to become invisible and also being in the moment when capturing photos, connecting with your subjects and some other concepts that we can use while practicing our street photog cred. Of course, there’s the usual getting-to-know session, which I always find difficult because I’m not used to talking and maintaining conversations with new people. I guess I managed.

The afternoon session’s more exciting. We get to apply the things we learned—photowalk! So from Mendiola, we crossed the footbridge going to Recto Avenue and from there, we began looking for subjects and taking photos. We reached Isetann and the underside of LRT Recto Station where informal settlers abound. Whenever I go home from work or school, I dread walking this side of Manila because I’m afraid of getting robbed or held-up or something. Those fears were washed away—I was busy taking photos and getting immersed in the urban noise.

But just to be safe, I asked our instructor how should I avoid “elementals” if I plan photowalking on my own? “You just have to look alert—always look back as if you forgot something. You get to stall them if you do that. And walk briskly to prevent them from ganging up on you.” Ok. Alive. Alert. Awake. Important lesson if you plan to do this on your own or a small group.

We also reached the residential areas in Santa Cruz and then the famous Divisoria, finally wounding our way towards Juan Luna Street in Binondo. We capped our workshop with steamed dumplings and taipaos at Wai Ying. By 5pm, I was back to walking, this time bound home.

Here’s a sample of the photos I took during our first street photog session. The rest are posted at my Flickr account and Jux photoblog. J


The history of the Filipino people lies in its streets.

Is it seriously nice?
Alone. Drunk. Somewhere in Sta. Cruz.


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wide Open (Street Photography Workshop)

After weeks of summer gala, June has come to haunt us again. Not that I have to get back to gradschool (classes will open on August); but really I have to get going and make significant progress if I intend to go beyond the ~initiation phase. I braved myself into asking a renowned professional photographer if he’s offering photography seminars or workshops these coming months and good thing he’s planning one. The price had slightly affected my gradschool stash but the promise of learning more and improving my skillz outweighed certain budgetary constraints.

Last Sunday, we began our two-week workshops. Morning session’s dedicated to a bit of theory—defining street photography, trying to become invisible and also being in the moment when capturing photos, connecting with your subjects and some other concepts that we can use while practicing our street photog cred. Of course, there’s the usual getting-to-know session, which I always find difficult because I’m not used to talking and maintaining conversations with new people. I guess I managed.

The afternoon session’s more exciting. We get to apply the things we learned—photowalk! So from Mendiola, we crossed the footbridge going to Recto Avenue and from there, we began looking for subjects and taking photos. We reached Isetann and the underside of LRT Recto Station where informal settlers abound. Whenever I go home from work or school, I dread walking this side of Manila because I’m afraid of getting robbed or held-up or something. Those fears were washed away—I was busy taking photos and getting immersed in the urban noise.

But just to be safe, I asked our instructor how should I avoid “elementals” if I plan photowalking on my own? “You just have to look alert—always look back as if you forgot something. You get to stall them if you do that. And walk briskly to prevent them from ganging up on you.” Ok. Alive. Alert. Awake. Important lesson if you plan to do this on your own or a small group.

We also reached the residential areas in Santa Cruz and then the famous Divisoria, finally wounding our way towards Juan Luna Street in Binondo. We capped our workshop with steamed dumplings and taipaos at Wai Ying. By 5pm, I was back to walking, this time bound home.

Here’s a sample of the photos I took during our first street photog session. The rest are posted at my Flickr account and Jux photoblog. J


The history of the Filipino people lies in its streets.

Is it seriously nice?
Alone. Drunk. Somewhere in Sta. Cruz.


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