On the Beaten Path

March 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Summer time is just around the corner here in the Philippines and it's that time of the year again for travel, discoveries and new adventures. 

Back in December, my wife and our 3 year old boy Elias went on a roadtrip up north. We logged in 1200kms (roundtrip) and was glad our little car held up! I just want to share my favorite pictures from this trip.
 

a tourist walk past in front of my camera in Calle Crisologo at dusk. The most famous time to visit this historical area of Vigan. But as early as 5am, it was already packed with tourists.

a tourist walk past in front of my camera in Calle Crisologo at dusk. The most famous time to visit this historical area of Vigan. But as early as 5am, it was already packed with tourists.

We planned to go to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte straight from Manila and to stay there for a couple of days, then stop to Laoag, Vigan and other places on the way back to Manila. That plan had to go out the window because the traffic was really so bad at the expressway exits and in Santo Tomas in La Union. Sitting there in traffic looks like a scene from a major apocalypse movie where everyone is leaving town.
 

A worker at a Vigan pottery tranports a jar to another area of the factory. These handmade jars are made from clays found in the western banks of Vigan. Before shaping, the clay is kneaded to a fine consistency and workers had to manually pick out small debris and other bits before putting it on a wheel for molding. After molding, they dry the jars before firing it up in a kiln.

A worker at a Vigan pottery tranports a jar to another area of the factory. These handmade jars are made from clays found in the western banks of Vigan. Before shaping, the clay is kneaded to a fine consistency and workers had to manually pick out small debris and other bits before putting it on a wheel for molding. After molding, they dry the jars before firing it up in a kiln.  
 

Elias on the sand dunes of Paoay, Ilocos Sur at sunset. On our way to Laoag, we stopped at a sand dune to catch the sunset and for a photo op.

Elias on the sand dunes of Paoay, Ilocos Sur at sunset. On our way to Laoag, we stopped at a sand dune to catch the sunset and for a photo op. 
 

Since we were not following an itinerary, we'd stop on the side of the road every time we see something picturesque. I'd take pictures and sometimes, we'll just stop to soak in the view. 
 

I was really overwhelmed by the windmills! They looked like giant robots coming at you. This is my most favorite picture from this trip. Photographed from Pagudpud beach.

I was really overwhelmed by the windmills! They looked like giant robots coming at you. This is my most favorite picture from this trip. Photographed from Pagudpud beach. 
 

On our way back to Vigan–we planned to stay there again for a night before going back to Manila– we stopped again in the sand dunes to spend more time on it. Fantastic view! 
 

Police officers roaming around Calle Crisologo. Calle Crisologo is the major attraction along the Heritage Village. It is lined up with Spanish style houses now used as commercial spaces and hotels.

Police officers roaming around Calle Crisologo. Calle Crisologo is the major attraction along the Heritage Village. It is lined up with Spanish style houses now used as commercial spaces and hotels.

I hope you enjoyed the photographs as much as I did in making them. But more than the photographs, I enjoyed this special trip with my little family more. Now go out and travel. Enjoy the ride and take pictures from time to time.

Take care!
-J

 


I Shot Superheroes!

January 27, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Hey gang!

I recently did another project with Ballet Philippines for their upcoming production, "Manhid: The Pinoy Superhero Musical". The task was to create the looks of the characters to be used for their marketing materials. 

This shoot was different. We almost had to make the characters of the characters from scratch since these are not your usual dance and ballet leads. But thanks to the artistic team, production team, stylists and MUA, I think we pulled it off.

The photos above were shot on a gray seamless to be dropped in later to create a single artwork. I did not do the final artwork. I will have to find out who did it.

Here's the final poster and artwork. If you're in town on those dates, come and watch!

and here's a behind the scenes video of the shoot produced by Ballet Philippines.

Later!


Have a Soaring 2014 (and beyond)!

December 26, 2013  •  Leave a Comment


Behind ths Stage Portraits

December 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

As part of this evolving, developing and continuing project. Recently, I was able to photograph a few portraits of actors in their costumes, this time before an actual performance. I share here triptychs of some characters from the opera "San Andres B.", that recently concluded it's series of performances at the CCP Little Theater. My wife choreographed the dance pieces in the opera and I worked as an Associate Choreographer (but honestly, all I did was count the music).

"San Andres B."
Produced by Tanghalang Pilipino
TP Artistic Director: Fernando Josef
Direction: Floy Quintos
Choreography: Kris-Belle Paclibar-Mamangun
Libretto: Virgilio Almario
Music: Chino Toledo
Costumes: James Reyes
Stage Design: Ricardo Cruz
Lighting Design: Jay Aranda


BTS: Behind the Stage

October 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I've been wanting to do this for the longest time. I was holding back since I wanted to use a particular camera for this series. I've always wanted to use the Fuji X Pro-1 or the x100s. Yes, it can definitely be done with a dslr but personally, i thought of shooting this with a Fuji will be a different kind of experience and approach. First, I wanted how small and discreet it is. Secondly, it is very silent. I reckon that was more important than having bigger sensor for this project in particular.

Luckily, I was loaned a Fuji X100s that I have to return soon.

These photos were made during an actual performance. This was photographed on the gala night of Ballet Philippines' "Rock Supremo" at the CCP Little Theater.

When I was still an active dance professional, backstage scenes and images would stick to my mind. Those times when my camera was my eye and memory was my brain. I wish I was able to photograph and record it but I was either waiting for my cue or changing costumes. Also, high ISO film was hard to come by back then or it was very expensive and my knowledge in push processing BW films came too late. But mostly, I was busy performing.

I really wish to photograph more for this series if I get to have another Fuji camera (bought, given or borrowed). Will definitely try to photograph other live theater performances besides dance.

I'd really appreciate it if you can visit the whole gallery here.

 

 

 

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