Dayaw: Portraits of Tradition
December 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment
A few people had probably seen a gallery on my website titled "I.P. Portraits". This is a continuing personal project about the Filipino Indigenous People. In line with this project, I attended the I.P. festival held in Malolos, Bulacan, a few weeks back in November. I went to the festival to connect with possible subjects for my project. I was able to talk with a few people from different groups and got them interested.
At first, I wanted to photograph them in front of a neutral background. I was planning on dragging along with me a roll of grey seamless but eventually decided not to since it was logistically easier to shoot without it. I was also shooting alone. I also thought that it would be a nice touch to see, although blurred out, some of the festival's design and color, instead of "covering" it with a very thick paper.
One thing I really planned and wanted to do on this trip was to give something back. It was not something something big. It was only 24 square inch to be exact. I gave out prints to everyone i photographed in this trip. It was a new found joy. Seeing their faces light up when they see their photos on print was priceless. I did try to contact a possible sponsor to help out but I was pressed in time, I was not able to pass a proper proposal. Hopefully, if and when this project takes off, I'll be able to bring my own (or a sponsor's) mobile printer. I did not just take a photo, I made photos. :)
I would really appreciate it if you can visit this gallery for the complete set of photos. If you or someone you know is interested with the project. Please, don't hesitate to get in touch with me. By the way, 18x24 inch prints of the photos are for sale. Proceeds will go to funding a trip to one of the groups.
Keywords: Culture, Indigenous People, National Commision for culture and arts, Philippines, Tribes, filipinos
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