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Remembering Fellow Lomographer lakandula

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.

Photo by 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.

Photo by 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.

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.

Photo by 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

76 comments

  1. zoe191

    zoe191

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

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  2. emilios

    emilios

    farewell my friend!

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  3. saidseni

    saidseni

    I can't believe it! :((

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  4. vicuna

    vicuna

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

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  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.

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  6. sushi_9009

    sushi_9009

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

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  7. masha_njam

    masha_njam

    so sad :( RIP

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  8. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    Rest In Peace

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  9. novakmisi

    novakmisi

    rest in peace my friend

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  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.

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  11. dermanu

    dermanu

    so sad :-(

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  12. mafiosa

    mafiosa

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

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  13. suizidekid

    suizidekid

    very sad, r.i.p

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  14. realrampage

    realrampage

    so sad , no words

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  15. goonies

    goonies

    Really sad

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  16. uncle_jay

    uncle_jay

    :(

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  17. peropero

    peropero

    oh no so sad :(

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  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

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  19. guanatos

    guanatos

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

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  20. earlybird

    earlybird

    What? Sad day! R.I.P

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  21. sirio174

    sirio174

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

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  22. qrro

    qrro

    I didnt know him but still , rest in peace

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  23. jeansman

    jeansman

    :( Very sad for this!

    7 months ago · report as spam
  24. atria007

    atria007

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

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  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. :(

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  26. eastmoe

    eastmoe

    RIP lakan :(

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  27. zeester

    zeester

    rest in peace lomofriend!

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  28. satomi

    satomi

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

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  29. icuresick

    icuresick

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

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  30. emkei

    emkei

    R.I.P. Lakan!

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  31. lawypop

    lawypop

    Farewell Lakan :(

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  32. eugenia

    eugenia

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

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  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..

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  34. disdis

    disdis

    R.I.P. lakan! sad news!

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  35. sudhashunmu

    sudhashunmu

    this is so sad .....his article http://www.lomograph(…)-go-kompakt was so much in detail about panorama camera and made me fan of panoramas ........such an inspiration....... May his soul R.I.P sir

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  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!

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  37. giovannidecarlo

    giovannidecarlo

    Rest in Peace great man ! :(

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  38. eugenia

    eugenia

    I will remember forever the trip to Rio and the pics of Lakan;)
    http://www.lomograph(…)lomographer

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  39. boobert

    boobert

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

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  40. 134340

    134340

    RIP lakandura, one of the best lomographers!

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  41. 134340

    134340

    sorry, lakandula*

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  42. kylethefrench

    kylethefrench

    :(

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  43. walasiteodito

    walasiteodito

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

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  44. oliebeer

    oliebeer

    Thank you, Lakan!
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  45. dakadev_pui

    dakadev_pui

    ความตายเป็นสิ่งสวยงามสำหรับมนุษย์ ขอให้หลับอย่างสงบครับ
    Rest in Peace

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  46. ripsta

    ripsta

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

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  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!

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  48. eva_eva

    eva_eva

    Farewell Lakan! :(

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  49. mgf

    mgf

    R.I.P. Lakan :(

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.
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  53. yokekei

    yokekei

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

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  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.

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  55. fayeusokoi

    fayeusokoi

    R.I.P lakan T.T

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  56. bylcuenca

    bylcuenca

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

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  57. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    oh no

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  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.

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  59. warning

    warning

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

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  60. japsix

    japsix

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

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  61. weedos

    weedos

    Sad news. Rest well.

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  62. hhjm

    hhjm

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

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  63. littlekoala

    littlekoala

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

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  64. lucaro

    lucaro

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

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  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!

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  66. tere

    tere

    +rest in peace big fellow...

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  67. tere

    tere

    +rest in peace big fellow...

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  68. stouf

    stouf

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

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  69. thesafetyqueen

    thesafetyqueen

    inspired by your analog passion. rest in peace.
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  70. fangcarpenter

    fangcarpenter

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

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  71. badjuju

    badjuju

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

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  72. jkhounlivong

    jkhounlivong

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

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  73. troch

    troch

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

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  74. fotoglove

    fotoglove

    RIP

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  75. bravopires

    bravopires

    Rest In Peace, Lakan!

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  76. bongofury

    bongofury

    Sad news RIP

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