The E Y E
He jumped out from behind the bushes
in front of the canal where he was swimming.
With golden brown skin shimmering from the subtle glow of the sun
and water droplets running down his cheeks,
he looked like a curious jungle boy.
I inched closer and framed him carefully.
His eyes spoke volumes but I instinctively focused on just one eye.
The story that I captured was far more intense than I thought it would be.
Published: Digital Photo Magazine UK
W I N D O W
This is Jung Min, a Korean student.
I was inspired by the movie
"Geisha" that I decided to create this shot.
With the help of Sally, an art student in our
school, Jung MIn was made up
to look like one. The veils were used
to create an impression of a window.
The light came out to help illuminate
Jung-Min's delicate features.
T I S O Y
Maybe it was his intense gaze.
Or the deep chocolate color of his skin.
From among the throng of kids who flocked in front of me
in a “perya” on the eve of the town fiesta of Maasin, Iloilo,
he grabbed my attention.
I framed him tightly and with every click, he smiled more widely.
“His father is Bombay”, someone volunteered the information.
That explained his unique features.
The blue plastic sack used as a roof
enhanced his “Tisoy-ness”.
W A I T
The Flower Market
In the long corridor of an all-boy school,
Krystal stood with hopeful anticipation.
After we met at the flower market for a shoot, the rain poured.
But our spirit couldn't dash our hope for that one defining shot.
We waited, but to no avail.
Then we just started all over again.
We're waiting for the rain to stop.
Wait...so be it.
It was an eventful wait.
2nd Place People Category (www.betterphoto.com)
Published (Mabuhay Magazine)
Photo of the Day (www.digitalimagecafe.com)
E C H O
Luang Prabang, Laos
Echoes of love…echoes of expression…
An identical grin and look
were mirrored in the novice monk’s and dog’s face
when I pointed the camera to their direction.
Their genuine emotion elicit the joy in me
and I couldn’t help echoing the same warm smile
as I pressed the shutter.
W I L D F L O W E R
Siem Reap, Cambodia
She was nurtured in the green rice paddies.
She blossomed through the incessant rays of the sun.
Her red dress and colorful bracelets
invited the attention of the passersby,
Signalling our driver cum tour guide to stop,
I got down of the car and tamed the wild spirit in her
with my one powerful weapon:
B U B B L E S
Children have simple pleasures.
Give them a toy and they stay focused.
This boy garbed in ancient Thai costume was in his own world.
Like the soap bubbles, it is fleeting and fragile.
I seized the moment
and created my own
S P A R K L E
Krystal is my most photographed model.
As a student in an international school in Bangkok where I currently teach,
she was a willing and available model.
Now, she is a famous actress and print-ad model in Thailand.
I consider her as my muse.
When I experienced a dry spell in my photography,
a photo session with her brought back the spark in my works.
This picture is from my first photo session with her.
The sparkle is her beautiful face back then signaled a fruitful liaison.
I should have known better.
M Y S T I C
Jooi, though a student in the school where I teach,
was not in any of my classes.
In her school uniform, she looks plain and ordinary.
But I can see the beauty that comes from within.
She has an innocent yet confident look.
She appears as a sweet fragile girl
but I can feel the intensity of her character.
I talked her into posing for me in her full Indian regalia
and not only did I get her cooperation but also that of her parents.
In front of the camera, Jooi is no longer a mystery for me.
Second Place: People Category
Kodak Photo of the Day
I N T R O S P E C T I O N
I don't know her,
She doesn't know me....
She's one of the many audiences in an
afternoon aerobic session
at Rajamangla Stadium, Bangkok.
This was one of the very first portrait shots
I took with my 70-200 lens. Little did I know that
this picture will bring me to a passion only I could
imagine back then.
B A Y W A L K
Columbia Digital Sales Company
through their General Manager, Anderson C. Tan,
sponsors my new gear, the Nikon D2X.
It was given to me last December 26, 2006.
I first used it Januray 1st of this year.
And this is one of the first few shots I took with this camera.
This was in Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.
He is one of the streetboys roaming around
the area. A lost soul?
I too was lost that day. Still finding my rhythm
with the new gear but I am positive that pretty soon,
I'll find the right tune.
B A N N E R
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