Remembering Fellow Lomographer lakandula

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For anyone who has known, met, and worked with communtiy member lakandula, today truly is a sad day. Friends have confirmed that he passed away in his 30s from Stage 4 brain cancer.

Credits: lakandula

However, knowing my bubbly fellow lomographer from the Philippines, Lakan, as we all fondly call him, wouldn’t want us to dwell too much in sadness over his passing. After all, friends said he didn’t want people to worry too much about him so he preferred not to let his illness be known to most people. Even so, now is the time for us, his fellow lomographers from all over the world, to remember him and his impressive feats in lomography, and show appreciation for his works.

Credits: lakandula

Let me begin: I first met him way back in 2010 during a photowalk for Whilst We Wait, a Philippine-based photography project organized by basterda. He was friendly, outspoken, and clearly passionate about shooting with film. I eventually saw him as a multi-faceted person: a leader, a dedicated artist, a visionary, and a caring friend. Later, I saw how he was a prolific and experimental lomographer in every sense, and his close to 42,000 photos and 3,154 albums — varying from self-portraits, double/multiple exposures, to travel snaps — can definitely attest to that.

Credits: lakandula

Inevitably, he also became every Filipino lomographer’s role model when it comes to living life the analogue way. His accomplishments in the Lomography community — such as winning the competitions that sent him to Brazil and Seoul — have been the inspiration and pride of his fellow Filipino film shooters.

Credits: lakandula

If you’re among those who had the privilege to work, meet, and chat with the creative and vibrant lomographer lakandula, we hope you can join us in remembering him by sharing your own stories (and even photos of him that you took) with us and telling us about your lomography experience with him.

Lakan, you will truly be sorely missed.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-09-18 in #lifestyle #lakandula #passing #tribute #lomography #lomographer #analogue-lifestyle #remembering-lakandula

75 Comments

  1. zoe191
    zoe191 ·

    he was very kind and friendly. such a nice person. i will miss him.

  2. emilios
    emilios ·

    farewell my friend!

  3. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    I can't believe it! :((

  4. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Oh, so sad news.... :(( farewell and rest in peace Lakan

  5. jcgepte
    jcgepte ·

    I remember the first time I met Lakan was when I sold him my Lubitel around 4 or 5 years ago. I wanted to sell the camera to someone I know who would use it wisely and that was just exactly what he did. With almost 42,000 photographs you could tell he was very passionate about Lomography. He lived the Lomography lifestyle by bringing his camera everywhere he goes and follows the "Don't think just shoot" state of mind. He will be missed by every one who had been here in this community long enough to know him.

  6. sushi_9009
    sushi_9009 ·

    really sad news :(( such a creative man ... RIP

  7. masha_njam
    masha_njam ·

    so sad :( RIP

  8. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Rest In Peace

  9. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

    rest in peace my friend

  10. grazie
    grazie ·

    This is such sad news . He is one of the reasons I joined lomo. He was such an inspiration to me from the very start. And was always very niceand he would always tell me to keep shooting and give me words of encouragement. And aside from the shooting, he also inspired me when it came to his work and his passion to serve the Filipino community. Such a great soul with a dear heart. Rest in Peace my friend. You will be missed so much .
    Never saw such powerful and colorful doubles and triples work like those of Lakan. Simply the best.

  11. dermanu
    dermanu ·

    so sad :-(

  12. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Extremely sad news. Best wishes to his family! His work will continue to be an inspiration....

  13. suizidekid
    suizidekid ·

    very sad, r.i.p

  14. realrampage
    realrampage ·

    so sad , no words

  15. goonies
    goonies ·

    Really sad

  16. uncle_jay
    uncle_jay ·

    :(

  17. peropero
    peropero ·

    oh no so sad :(

  18. sobetion
    sobetion ·

    Hey!! i'm waiting to doubles with him but .... T____T
    R.I.P my friend, i have you in my memories forever

  19. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    sad, sad news. he will stay with us with his amazing lomographs

  20. earlybird
    earlybird ·

    What? Sad day! R.I.P

  21. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    I'm very sad... rest in pace dear friend. A huge hug

  22. qrro
    qrro ·

    I didnt know him but still , rest in peace

  23. jeansman
    jeansman ·

    :( Very sad for this!

  24. atria007
    atria007 ·

    oh no!!! :_( so so sad!!! Rip dear :(

  25. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    This is so sad n shocking. He had so much passion n he was taken away when he was at his prime. You'll always be remembered lakan,My friend. :(

  26. eastmoe
    eastmoe ·

    RIP lakan :(

  27. zeester
    zeester ·

    rest in peace lomofriend!

  28. satomi
    satomi ·

    Oh my God. I just don't know what to say. This is the saddest news. Too young to go.. :(

  29. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    Goodbye, Lakan, we will always remember you as the jolliest Lomographer ever!

  30. emkei
    emkei ·

    R.I.P. Lakan!

  31. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Farewell Lakan :(

  32. eugenia
    eugenia ·

    ;( goodbye my lomofriend ! Me encanto conocerte en un lomo viaje inolvidable a Río!

  33. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    When I saw this piece of news, I was shocked! Very shocked! At first I really can't believe it until I read the whole thing. Rest In Peace my friend. You will always be remembered. I will not forget your extreme numbers of likes on numerous lomographers and also your passion for lomography. I have long 'retired' from lomography but upon seeing this piece of news, I log on my account without hesitation to post this message in here. Farewell Lakan.. You were once a legend to me..

  34. disdis
    disdis ·

    R.I.P. lakan! sad news!

  35. sudhashunmu
    sudhashunmu ·

    this is so sad .....his article www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2013/01/24/why-aim-for-… was so much in detail about panorama camera and made me fan of panoramas ........such an inspiration....... May his soul R.I.P sir

  36. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    oh this is sad news. i met lakan once and he's one of the most passionate lomographers, full of spirit and always telling jokes. you will be missed!

  37. giovannidecarlo
    giovannidecarlo ·

    Rest in Peace great man ! :(

  38. eugenia
    eugenia ·

    I will remember forever the trip to Rio and the pics of Lakan;)
    www.lomography.com/homes/lakandula/albums/1708373-lomofamil…

  39. boobert
    boobert ·

    Rest in Peace Lakan! You will be missed in the community! Lomo On!

  40. 134340
    134340 ·

    RIP lakandura, one of the best lomographers!

  41. 134340
    134340 ·

    sorry, lakandula*

  42. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    :(

  43. walasiteodito
    walasiteodito ·

    a great loss to the Lomo Community. Thank you for all the great photos lakan, May you rest in peace.

  44. oliebeer
    oliebeer ·

    Thank you, Lakan!

  45. dakadev_pui
    dakadev_pui ·

    ความตายเป็นสิ่งสวยงามสำหรับมนุษย์ ขอให้หลับอย่างสงบครับ
    Rest in Peace

  46. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    a good lomo friend and a good lomographer, i will miss lakan beautiful album
    may you rest in peace my friend

  47. ginomatic
    ginomatic ·

    The last time I saw Lakan was 3 years ago, when the Lomo Embassy Manila invited us to be speakers for the Lomography Newbie sessions. I will always remember the way he presented what Lomography is to the newbies, If I was a newbie that time, I'll buy a lomo camera in a heartbeat.

    RIP Lakan, Lomo on!

  48. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    Farewell Lakan! :(

  49. mgf
    mgf ·

    R.I.P. Lakan :(

  50. blueskyandhardrock
    blueskyandhardrock ·

    So young and so talented. What a sad news. I hope he lived a happy life and he was surrounded by loved ones when he passed.

    Never got the chance to meet you in this lifetime but maybe I'll get to meet you in the next one. Farewell for now.

  51. darpman
    darpman ·

    I remember him when we had a lomowalk in Eco Park. We were shooting as a group and by the time we're all exhausted and about to leave the place, I saw Lakan still have this energy to walk and take photo's of strangers. I saw a person who's very passionate in his craft and a friend to all. Peace and farewell, Lakan!

  52. kuppys
    kuppys ·

    I said a prayer for you last night when I learned of your passing. Sa inspirasyon ng pagpitik , pagtulong sa kapwa at sa mga natutunan ko sayo through our conversations online, Salamat Lakan.

    At paalam.

  53. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    So sad ~"_"~ R.I.P

  54. renenob
    renenob ·

    I met Lakan twice for the Whilst We Wait project. I am such a huge fan of him, and I consider him as one of the best lomographers in the Philippines. His passion cannot be denied. In retrospect, perhaps this passion, as well as the volume of his creative and social work speaks of a certain urgency. An urgency to contribute as much as he can, while he was still around. Literally, he lived like he was dying. You will be remembered Lakan, you made sure we will.

  55. fayeusokoi
    fayeusokoi ·

    R.I.P lakan T.T

  56. bylcuenca
    bylcuenca ·

    inspiration to many of us... thanks lakan! rest in peace...

  57. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    oh no

  58. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    I'm so so sad.. I saw it yesterday on Facebook. I'm really shocked. I talked to him a lot about doubles,triples and other collaborations. His encouragement helps me on my early days here. I first know him in 2007/2008, since I began Lomography. I just so sad really. Rest In Peace,my friend.

  59. warning
    warning ·

    Oh no!. Sad notice indeed... I am so sorry. Too young and creative for say goodbye so soon.

  60. japsix
    japsix ·

    so sad((( he was so talented! truly one of the greatest lomographers!!! r.i.p.

  61. weedos
    weedos ·

    Sad news. Rest well.

  62. hhjm
    hhjm ·

    So sad ...R.I.P. Lakan

  63. littlekoala
    littlekoala ·

    very sad news...I didn´t know about his illness. we´ve lost a great lomographer. RIP

  64. lucaro
    lucaro ·

    R.I.P. young fellow lomographer. Your photos will last in time.

  65. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    I like to imagine him taking the most colorfull and incredible images ever conceived by a human mind, now, somewhere, in a new dimension, you may call it Heaven or whatever else, I'm sure of this. Ciao amico!

  66. tere
    tere ·

    +rest in peace big fellow...

  67. tere
    tere ·

    +rest in peace big fellow...

  68. stouf
    stouf ·

    This is so sad... He was so talented and friendly... My thoughts to his family.

  69. thesafetyqueen
    thesafetyqueen ·

    inspired by your analog passion. rest in peace.

  70. fangcarpenter
    fangcarpenter ·

    I will miss you my friend.. Thanks for the friendship! Rest in Peace now. I Love You

  71. badjuju
    badjuju ·

    You will definitely be missed <3 Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  72. jkhounlivong
    jkhounlivong ·

    Definitely inspirational! You will truly be missed.
    Rest in peace.

  73. troch
    troch ·

    Sad news indeed. A great inspiration to me, I can only hope he still has a camera in his hands.........

  74. fotoglove
    fotoglove ·

    RIP

  75. bravopires
    bravopires ·

    Rest In Peace, Lakan!

  76. bongofury
    bongofury ·

    Sad news RIP

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