Revisiting the Lenses

The past days of holidays – all because of the ASEAN summit held in the country opened an opportunity of a declogged Manila city, which meant that it’s my chance for a smooth-driving inside the capital.

The initial plan was just to go to Binondo and eat at my favorite noodle restaurant, but one cousin of mine showed interest in Photography, so I thought why not tag him along with me for him to get a taste of his first photowalk.

And so we had a plan that I’d pick him up at 9AM so that we arrive in Manila before 10AM, so that the sun was already up and he’d have a lot of light to practice with.

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I let him lead the way so I don’t get into his shots

Seeing a 12-year-old kid brought memories of how I got interested into photography, it was during one my aunt’s visit in the Philippines where she had a camera with her and I was amazed how she took black and white photos with it. I loved how the camera sounded with each click, the mechanical precision it possessed.

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My aunt’s photo of me (center) with my cousins

And from there on I loved taking photos, I remember that when one of my Godmothers gave me $20 for Christmas when I was around 12 years old, I bought a Kodak KB10, priced at $19.99 at that time. I took lots of school memories out of it.

Now back to me and my cousin’s trip to Manila I took him walking around the walls under the unforgiving heat of the Sun. I took him to churches and sidestreets where there would be interesting subjects.

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Under the bridge near Escolta

After Intramuros we went to Binondo to have lunch and do some more walking. What I wanted my cousin to experience was the bustle of taking photos, the hustle of making good angles to tell a story. And I think we got that, while he took photos I told him about some rules of how to take photos without bothering the subject such a clicking the shutter when we’re merely 3 feet from the subject, which could get us in trouble if the subject was defensive.

After 5 hours of walking we caleld it a day, it was tiring, but at the same time refreshing as I got to do a photowalk again. And to end this blog, here are some of my photos.

Cheers!

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