My interest in photography started late 2003, with a plastic toy camera called a Cybersampler. By December of the same year, I bought myself a Lomo Lubitel 166B, a twin lens reflex camera I ordered from Russia. It was just the first of the dozen-or-so Soviet-era vintage cameras and accessories I acquired. Cheap, but elegant, and very useful things. I actively used a few rangefinders, an 80s era SLR, and a capable Canon A85 whenever possible, until early 2006.
While working in Shanghai, China, I spent three months of hard-earned, OFW-generated money on a Canon 350D DSLR camera, which are sometimes adapted to my Russian lenses. I haven’t let go of this toy since.
I’ve co-founded the now defunct Litratista.org late 2005, a group photography website, addressing the beginner, and novice/hobbyist photographers. Around the same time, I started moderating the ToyKameraPilipinas mailing list, which has since evolved also into Rangefinder Filipinas, a local group of rangefinder camera enthusiasts. The collective is now located at rangefinderfilipinas.com, and rightfully self-touted as the “first and only classic photography community in the Philippines“. I have created
and currently administer and develop the website.
My photo gallery online is over at Flickr.
Life, Culture, and Celebration: Images from Chinatowns around the world
December 5, 2007 – February 1, 2008
Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
I was contacted via email of the Chinese Museum’s interest in some of my Chinatown photos in Flickr, and was invited to submit entries for the exhibit. I did, and four of the five photos were chosen.
For related blog entry, click here.
Ako’y Batang Malate Photo Exhibit
November 9 to 18, 2007
Our Lady of Remedios Parish/Malate Catholic Church
2000 M.H. Del Pilar St., Malate, Manila
A photo exhibit with my photography/camera group, Rangefinder Filipinas. Proceeds benefit the Remedios Training Center and the street children of Malate.
IKA-2 BANAT flickristas@the_jewellery: A Photo Exhibit
January 1-31, 2007
The Jewellery, Greenhills Shopping Center
San Juan City, Metro Manila
Organized by the Flickr Philippines aka Flickrista group. Sold my first photo there.
For a related blog entry click here
Some of my photos taken of band gigs have been published at local magazines, namely Preview and Manifesto. I have also been published in the book China: A Visual Adventure (Carlton Books [UK]/National Geographic [Germany]), as well as Cebu Pacific’s inflight Smile magazine.
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