My 2012 has been a very active year that brought me to various places around the country for work and a modicum of leisure. Continuing on my last year's mode of pushing the boundaries of lomographic possibilities, the many lomographs I took this year are largely experiments on juxtaposing different subjects in a single frame (from doubles to quintuples) using combinations of various analogue cameras. More often than not, shots are taken on different dates in different places.
Here’s my year-end review, recalling highlights per month. May you find joy browsing through the photos I believe represent some high points in my lomo journey.
I attended the religious procession of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo; went to winter Seoul with lomobuddy Ailen (fangcarpenter) for a week; upon returning to Manila I flew to the south to conduct art-based psycho-social support workshop in aid of survivors of the flashfloods in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
I traveled to rural Roxas in Palawan to facilitate a training of children’s rights programming; lomographed the annual openhouse even at the Cultural Center of the Philippines called Pasinaya; took some shots of the big ferris wheel behind the SM Mall of Asia.
I went to Dumaguete with fellow artists to train volunteers in providing psycho-social help to survivors of disasters; performed an educational play focused on health in aid of the social workers and volunteers helping disaster survivors in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan; attended the opening of the Kristo exhibit featuring works on the lenten theme at the SM Megamall.
Chanced upon a toy convention at a mall that included cosplayers; went to my usual route whenever visiting Quiapo (i.e. walking around Carriedo and Sta. Cruz area); visited the island paradise of Boracay for the very first time to conduct team building activities to government career executives; revisited rural Roxas in Palawan for the second leg of training on children’s rights with local officials.
I attended the May 1 Labor Day rally; did some multiples with Bob for the Have You Seen Bob project; had my haircut at a local barbershop; decided to walk from Quiapo church to Lawton, crossing the MacArthur Bridge; traveled to Lucban to witness once more the festive Pahiyas as the community’s thanksgiving for a year of bountiful harvest.
I did some experiments on multiples; mustered the courage to visit a place I had never been to before all by myself traveling in the wee hours of the night just to get there on time to witness and lomograph the fascinating ritual of the so-called mud people in honor of St. John the Baptist.
I did more experiments on multiples.
Continued making more experiments on multiples.
Even more experiments on multiples.
More and more experiments on multiples; facilitated activities for the Kutitap, a cultural gathering of children representing various indigenous communities in the Philippines.
I was one of the moderators of the National Theater Festival and did some shooting during the event’s opening; traveled to Malolos to lomograph the Dayaw, a festival of indigenous people in the Philippines.
I went to Dipolog (my second time after five years) to train volunteers as liaison officers in preparation for February 2013 International Music Festival on Gongs and Bamboo Instruments; missed last year so I decided to document this year’s Lantern Parade at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
May 2013 be another exciting and fruitful year for all of us to capture the beauty of life and the world we live in the analogue way.