Monday, March 24, 2014

Hometown Feeling

The place I grew up as a toddler, my Granddad's home. I've always had fond memories of this place- playing in the rain, buying lollies and dirty ice-creams at the tindahan (make shift shops in front of houses) It's not the type of place travellers would normally go to unless you are visiting with a local. It's the Philippines I know- rough around the edges, gritty and not what they show in tourism advertisements. We came from nothing and had the opportunity to have a new life in a new country that is Australia. Moral of the story- never forget your roots, never forget where you came from.

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Images shot by me on a Ricoh 35zf with Kodak 400 colour film

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Back to Reality and Back to Blogging

Hi Internet Friends,

Just checking in, I am back online after being away on holidays for a couple of weeks. I can't wait to share my adventures with you, stay tuned!

Image Shot by Me

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Back on the road

Hi internet friends,

I am back on the road again... travelling back to the motherland... you can catch my adventures on instagram because I don't think that I will be posting whilst away. See ya'll when I get back.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Boys: Train Rides

I love how a simple train ride can be an exciting adventure for children. Watching this boy's facial expressions of awe and wonder brought me back to my childhood train rides- I remember my sister and I woud watch all the houses zip past and we would count the backyard playgrounds and pools we saw on our way to a family friend's house. It would be interesting to know what this little boy was thinking as the world travelled past him, and I wonder if he would remember this experience when he is older.  If only as adults we consistently retained our childlike sense of adventure and curiosity.

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Images shot by me on a Ricoh 35ZF. Film used Kodak Trix. Developer used Xtol 1:1.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Eye of the Tiger

You know how they say "eyes are the windows to your soul", I sort of believe it. I had a moment with a tiger I was photographing when I visited Tiger Kingdom in Chang Mai. I went up to the fence, crouched down, adjusted the settings on my camera. While I was looking through the view finder and adjusting the focus, the tiger was looking straight at me. It was disconcerting and I had to look away a few times. I don't think I had feelings of fear or knowing that the he could rip through fence and lunge at my throat- it wasn't that... After I took a few shots we just looked at each other, he was calm and probably curious (and maybe hungry?). We stared at each other for what seemed like 20 minutes, it was an intense vibe and feeling, I have a hard time verbalising that experience but it's like he penetrated my soul.
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Photos shot by Me
Camera: Canon AE1
Film: Kodak TriX

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

From the Travel Archives: Japanese Street Style

One of the things I noticed when I was in Japan, was how well the people dressed- effortless and cool. Japanese street style I take my hat off to you. If I were to replicate some of the styles I admired, I wouldn't look half as awesome. A tomboy at heart I gravitated more towards how the blokes dressed- dapper, brogues, sneakers, jumpers, coats. There is a reason that Japan is one of Fashion's capitals. And don't get me started on visual merchandising, store interiors and architecture. Japanese Street Style Japanese Street Style Japanese Street Style Jap Streetstyle 6.1 Japanese Street Style Japanese Street Style

Monday, January 06, 2014

Into The Wild

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

-Christopher McCandless

Monday, December 23, 2013

Girls & Boys: J, V and Baby

This couple may look familiar to you as I've posted about them in the past. A few weeks ago J asked me to a mini maternity shoot. It seems like this year is a year of firsts in terms of learning new photography styles- my cousin asked me to do a engagement shoot AND I shot a wedding for the first time in the first week of December. It's nice to know that people trust in my photography skills, I do still get bouts of "shit am I good enough?!?" which is normal I think. So not only was it a lovely gesture for J to ask me, but it was also an honour. One day baby will see these photos and it's a nice thought to know I was apart of that moment.

J has yet to give birth, please keep her in your prayers for a safe labour and and a happy and healthy baby.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Girls & Boys: Rey and Ruby

Hi Friends,

So this instalment of the Girls x Boys series is of Rey (my cousin) and Ruby (my cousin-in-law BOOYAH!). This mini shoot was my first foray in engagement photography (pressure was on). I'm not going to lie, it was hard and a great learning curve. As I said before my weakness is 'model'/people direction. I tend just to snap away, but I'm learning to ease in normal conversation with a few jokes to make everyone comfortable and for the images look more natural.

These pictures may have been posted a little too late, as the wedding was last Saturday. It was an awesome day to say the least- it went by too quickly! Ruby looked amazing, think Audrey Hepburn classic chic. They married at Rey and my childhood parish, we had our first Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion rites at that church, so it was lovely to see Rey and Ruby wed there. The reception was so much fun, a lot of drinks were had and copious amounts of dancing too. The speeches were tear jerkers- my sister and cousins were crying their eyes out. It was lovely to see our two families come together and as Ruby's father aptly said "Our names match Diamante- Cruz, which translates to Diamond Cross".

I really do believe Ruby and Rey belong together. He had a crush on her during high school- he used to stalk her. haha. And I remember on one of our clubbing nights during our university days... Rey mentioned Ruby while we were in the car on the way to the club he said "If she is there it's fate man, it's fate".

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