Shot, and looked

The first thing I did when I set foot in UP early this morning was to take photos of the sunflowers along University Ave. The major hindrances were that I was wearing a black (slimming!) shirt, and the weather was making me sweat bucketloads.

Camera: Canon A85
Location: University Ave., UP Diliman, Quezon City


Lunchtime, which was thirty minutes late at the iblog summit, was spent on a hurried free fried chicken lunch via meal stub, and visiting the Lobby Gallery, of the Vargas Museum for Derek Soriano’s “Episodes, a photography exhibit, where ‘we meet the patients of the National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong‘. The photos were taken from 1993-1996.

Revealed in glorious black-and-white, see the mental paitents marred with skin diseases, naked, sharing a meal with a cat, given electro-shock treatment (or so I think), and participating in a beauty pageant. The photographs were effective, expressive, and technically gorgeous. Sensationalist? Not at all. Considering these are subjects that have transcened normalcy, supposedly projecting themselves as superhuman, child-innocent, and just plain mad, they would be a necessary, delightful pain to photograph.

There is a sense and a suggestion of hope, understanding, and an offering of prayers for the patients; a rather simplistic goal, nevertheless, it’s so simple and apt.

This is outright refreshing from all the manufactured, commercial crap we’d usually take in. Sadly, the exhibit will have its last day tomorrow at the mentioned venue.

[Listening to: Menina Flor – Thievery Corporation – Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfa – Sounds From The Verve Hi-Fi (4:09)]

6 thoughts on “Shot, and looked”

  1. man, you’ve got one of the most astounding pics i’ve ever seen. yeah, like that sunflower pic. considering i pass by them on a jeepney every day and have never seen them from such a beautiful perspective.

    ‘Twas an honor to share the iBlog summit hall with you. Keep up the good work!

  2. Uh, gee, thanks for the compliment 🙂

    I see, you’re from my former college. Uhm, was a met eng’g student for 2 years. Ah, memories. Madalas ako pumunta sa admin para kumuha ng dropping slip. Wehehehe.

  3. True, that around 7-8am, 90% of them looked half-dead. But: I didn’t want to take pictures around lunch time, when I’d probably sweat drumloads, nor after the summit, since there wouldn’t be much sun to give me good lighting.

    Thanks for visiting the blog! I think you were sitting behind my row. You won a shirt right? Didn’t bother to ask if they had XXL shirts, would’ve bought one if they had my size 😕

  4. Oi, di naman sya superduper lets-pablis-it-to-the-whole-wide-planet excellent ‘no para sa akin. Pero salamat na rin sa compliment 🙂

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