The first half of 2011 was amply covered by the Whilst We Wait project. The next half is hazy as I found myself buried with my day job and had less freelance photography jobs. The office was renovated and we lost close to two months of productive work. And before you know it, the year was winding down and we were faced with another financial crisis.
The year began strong. I had two photography contracts—a food photography and a golf event shoot. The first half of the year though was marked with major publications with specific deadlines. As you know, books and magazines usually have launch dates or are used in conventions. So that was my situation up to end of April. The clients were impressed that we beat the deadlines. I wasn’t so impressed with the professional fees I got for the rush jobs—such is the life of a graphic designer (sigh!).
I discovered Instagram and this was like a welcome “distraction”. I made new friends. We had at least 3 Instameets. It was fun but I realized sooner than later, it was NOT lomography. Maybe I will change my mind when I get an iPhone hehe but for now, my lomos are still my walking companions.
Summer was memorable because I got a photography assignment to shoot the Holy Week procession in Paete, Laguna. It was a spiritually fulfilling experience as well. I tagged along some friends to help me cover the event. I always look forward to shooting Holy Week activities because it captures the human spirit and it’s also encouraging to see a massive manifestation of one’s faith.
Midyear saw the conclusion of a 6-month long assignment. I was working on another major project—an annual report—including both design and photography work. It was hard work. But the final product meet the client’s approval. Oddly enough, I don’t have a single film shot of this project. But right after this project, I rewarded my efforts by buying the La Sardina hehe. I haven’t bought a lomo cam for quite some time. My last purchase was the LC-A+ in 2008!
Business slowed down in the next half of the year which enabled me to move around more and go to photography related events: I attended a Lomomanila reunion, a convention on wedding photography, got to go to 3 lomowalks (a Hidalgo and Intramuros lomowalk) and a lomomatrix shoot in UP Diliman).
The year ended with a barage of activities. I attended a couple of early Christmas parties and then we finally had the Whilst We Wait exhibit launch. It was a memorable event attended by members of Shutter Revolution, lomomanila, Instagram and some other curious fellows who were interested in lomography or were friends of exhibitors.
I did a lot of walking during 2011 (hence the subtitle). It helps me think and as my photos show, a lot of my photos were taken from these walks. The ups and downs of business usually occupied my mind during these sorties—something I have to figure out and do something about next year. One thing for sure, I will have my lomos with me to document my life and mis(sed) adventures.
As film photographers, our photos become part of our journey through everyday life. For this year ender series, our Lomographers encapsulate their trials, joys and the various highlights of their lives in 2011.