Like last year, I took a break from work early December, and I decided to travel again, but this time I will be going back home, instead of leaving it.
The plane ticket has been ready since June, where I got them at a discounted price, but I had to rebook since I decided to stay longer than planned. The itinerary? Unsurprisingly, photoshoots.
Priority was a Pau + Nariese shoot, which we did for the first time in the studio. We were shooting for Nariese’s online store, and had quite a number of clothes to cover, so it took us a few hours to finish. Pau was here usual effortless-modelling self, and everything Nariese did to her worked. Me? I didn’t really deviate from anything bordering on creative, though the intent was to do something with a borrowed Mamiya RB67 medium format camera, which ultimately wasn’t realized since it wont sync with the studio lights.
Another model shoot happened south of Manila, one which I had a casual treatment in mind. This was of Mia, a young model-actress I got to know via blogger friends.
She instantly reminded me of Carmina Villaroel from her Palibhasa Lalake days back in the 90s, minus the puffy cheeks and bunny teeth. I was dead intent on spending the 120 rolls I bought from Shanghai, but the RB67 was a challenge to use. The result? Out of focus, and some blank, shots. What’s left as decent is what I posted above, and I think it was even the first shot I did.
Lastly, and this happened the day before I went back to China, here’s a photo from a roll of film that was still in that oh-I-wish-you-were-easier-to-use Mamiya.
Jay took this shot of Keira, whom I called over to the studio since we were meeting up later that night to shoot a gig, as it was easy to determine that she would make a much more compelling subject to shoot than I will ever be.