Sunday, September 3, 2017


On Meeting My Hero

I started my photography close to ten years ago back in the Philippines when the consumer DSLRs boomed. I started similarly with many photographers not knowing what I wanted to do with photography or rather wanting to do everything in photography. I shot portraits and the streets, but mainly photos of my friends and family. Later when we moved to Malaysia my photography moved to landscape, lugging around a ton of gear wherever we went. I floated with a rough vision of what I thought I was good at, not what I wanted to be. See, from time to time back then I was curious with some of the photos I was making when I shoot the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Then, in 2012, I was able to make a trip to Tokyo and India. These trips validated my feelings of wanting to be a street photographer. I started on reading about the greats and seeing their masterpieces and acknowledging the intricate details in composition and also understanding how difficult their photos come alive. The challenge was exciting and I studied more and more, and during this phase, I came about this photo:

Alex Webb

USA. San Ysidro, California. 1979. Mexicans arrested while trying to cross the border to United States.

Photo from Magnum Photos

The photo is by Alex Webb of the Magnum Photo Agency. The photo held me to this day as one of my favorite photos ever. The composition of the subjects, the foreground, the background, the light, and saturation and vibrance of the photo form an iconic representation of the moment. From then on, my admiration for Alex's style formed an aspiration of producing a style that is complex but cohesive that every element of the photo works with each other.