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, itâ€™s so simple and apt.
This is outright refreshing from all the manufactured, commercial crap weâ€™d usually take in. Sadly, the exhibit will have its last day tomorrow at the mentioned venue.