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Every Photo has a Story: The memoirs of a flexible photography enthusiast

Imagine a world without photographs. Alright, life would be complete without photographs, but there’s something in photography that other art medium cannot have: Take a shot.

Photography: Me|The desaturation is more than the depth of the picture itself.

Photojournalism inspiration

One of the photojournalists that I admire most is no other than British photographer Jason P. Howe, who specializes in conflict photojournalism. I was stumbled on his article about falling in love with an assassin when he was staying in Colombia.

He is a brave soul; this guy never fails to take the most beautiful photographs on conflict and war. If war is absolutely good for nothing, he focuses more on the depth, the story and of course, the aftermath. He tells a story about war, through photographs. Looking at the horrors of war, you’ll see that there are sad faces, and wailing people. However, heroes on that story are those who are fighting for their people.

Embracing photography through flexibility

Not all photographs tell a story; sometimes, they are eye-candy; sometimes, you’ll see humanized objects and animals with facial expression. But in photojournalism, a photograph has no meaning if there’s no story behind it.

Photography by: Me|A very beautiful house renovated. I wonder if this used to be a historical landmark, eh?

Photography by: Me|I always wanted to try riding for a while in a school service… or in a school bus.

Photography by: Me|The pink fiesta decorations represent joy in a typical day in Manila.

Looking at the gap between the most depressed areas of Manila and the whole DLSU Main campus represents poverty surrounding rich culture and history. If Manila used to be Intramuros alone before the Spaniards left the country before the 20th century, it is right now, a mix of rich and poor. It is like the irony of what is happening today.

The most depressed areas of the Philippines is so far the most beautiful. You see a lot of happy people even though they live in poverty. They know how to survive better than those who are wealthy. So far, the very first photo in B&W is actually my attempt in photojournalism, showing everyone how crazy people end up being poor– dirt poor, that is.

The irony of the capital vs. the richest city

Since Manila itself is the capital city, why isn’t it as rich and clean as Quezon City? Why does it still have the most depressed areas, particularly Tondo? Ironically/paradoxically, Tondo used to be a financial center. Right now, it is one of the poorest, if not exactly the poorest in Manila. The area is congested, and people there have more problems than wealthy people. It reminds me when I was not yet relocating in Quezon City; the street children that I see are very happy playing, while I’m only at home, just scribbling things.

Watch out for my next entry: The Philippines: Land of Ironies and Paradoxes

Andoy: Photojournalist next-door

Hello folks! This time, I’m making a blog entry about this guy who deserves a space here in this blog! That’s right people! He’s no other than…

Source|This guy’s no other than the most famous Lasallian photojournalist in TLS.

DISCLAIMER: The pictures here are NOT mine. I’m just doing this since this is a photography post. Photography posts need pictures, not just words alone.

Andrew Pamorada: Life in Pictures

To be honest with you, I knew him just before I went to La Salle. Through his Multiply blog, this is where I knew him. Dream niya talaga maging photojournalist, as far as I know. Anyways, he is also one of my favorite photographers aside from Tricia Gosingtian.

He is taking up BS-CS (wait, IST ba ‘yun?) and is a photo staff of The LaSallian. No wonder why most of the photos in La Salle come from him. Together with his comrade Martin San Diego, they both work together on a very tough assignment, be it sports or current events.

I appreciate him not only because his shots are awesome, but because he’s got the guts when he covers important news through his Nikon D40 and of course, his photography backpack (includes prime lenses and his Sigma telephoto lenses). Not to mention the signature “hat” and the vest that he usually wears, it’s like his trademark already.

Here are his shots (credits to him and his accounts from Facebook, Multiply, etc.) and shots of him too!

Andrew Pamorada|My two favorite photographers, Kuya Andrew and Ms. Tricia (aka when fashion and photojournalism collide).

That’s me with Kuya Andrew. GAH, don’t laugh again ay my dugyutin image huhuhu.

Andrew Pamorada|The Angelo Reyes suicide scene. See how the blood stained the gravestone of his own mother.

Andrew Pamorada|His look-alike in white is no other than Paul Cheng! Long lost brothers, eh? (:

More of his shots (don’t worry, naka-watermark naman, eh)…

His shots are really beautiful, like this one. See how the two colors contrast one another.

This is an example of an irony/paradox. There’s a sign that forbids people to go up the mountain/hill, but look at the top, there are people sitting there.

A very amazing shot. This is actually an example of a panorama, or a series of multiple photos merged into one panoramic photograph.

Whoa… you know how he did this macro shot? Simple: Reverse-lens technique (ooh sounds dangerous, but never mind).

“Children guessed, but only a few, and down they forgot as up they grew…,” –e.e. cummings

His humble beginning as a photographer

This is proof that he started from small things.

Oh, here’s another proof!

He once used a Canon Powershot, but when he got himself a D-SLR, it’s a Nikon. The transition, alright. It’s good that he started from small things to big things.

Now look where he is right now…

Andrew Pamorada|That’s a LOT of cameras!

Andrew Pamorada|The caricature, he’s really an icon!

He deserves a space here in this blog is because…

He’s one of my inspirations why I wanted to make money out of pictures. But not just now, I still have to be working as a diplomat for sure, and of course, although I wasn’t really a fan of photography before, at least I am inspired by this guy!

His shots made it to Manila Bulletin and YES! Magazine, I repeat. Because of his passion as a photojournalist, everyone’s inspired as well.

Here’s something that he wants to show the world…

Money (aka Philippine Peso banknotes) sending you a message!