The Philippines has more than 7,100 islands and countless cities and Manila is just one of them. Our CitySlickers are here to explore them with their analogue ammunition and to document their adventures through their wistful words! Here is Felix, one of Manila’s CitySlickers, and his introduction on her beloved city!
Name: Felix Quiogue
Occupation: Programmer of sorts
Hi, I’m new here, can you show me around? Relatively new; I started here around June of this year and it all began when I befriended a Fisheye No. 2 (We saw each other before though, but I didn’t have enough cash back then because I was still in high school and I wasn’t able to save up properly. Haha, you can read more of that on my blog entry).
Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, It all started with a Fisheye No. 2. I bought several rolls on the first lab that I saw on my way home from work; they were Fuji 100ASA films with 24 exposures.
I bought the camera mainly because our company outing was on the same week and I wanted to bring a camera without worrying (case in point, our family’s DSLR). I had fun looking at the Fisheye viewfinder and shot anything that I thought was a good shot.
And at some point during the outing, I thought of a few possible-good photos and shot them.
Upon going back from the outing, I immediately went to the same lab and got it developed. The lab processed it and gave me prints. I paid and got happy with the photos (Back then, I didn’t know that one could ask to put it in a CD without printing it).
And that was the start of a new hobby, Lomography. At first, it was hard to explain to my friends why I choose to shoot analogue instead of digital. But after a few days, they caught up; They were really supportive too. It makes you think though, why do you shoot analogue? If you want lomo-esque shots, why not use mobile apps like Instagram?
My usual answer would be: There are some techniques/features that are possible with analogue cameras that digital cameras can’t do; Multiple Exposures and the possiblity of taking high-contrast photos are two of those techniques/features. I don’t use apps like Instagram that much because: 1) The app that I’m using isn’t precise when shooting MX, 2) It relies on camera specs, 3) Has limited capabilities.
Then they ask: “Why don’t you use Photoshop?”, It’s really time consuming because you’re modifying the photo, it’d push you to want it to be perfect; Then you’d end up wasting several hours on perfecting that photo. It’s time consuming, especially for a hobbyist like me.
And personally, I’d like to do the “Photoshop”-ing on the spot: choosing a film, composing, and doing multiple exposures; It feels natural. Besides, I really enjoy taking photos the analogue way. The anticipation and imagining that your photos would be amazing while waiting for the lab to give you the processed rolls, and if your photos do end up amazing or at least end up as you expected, it’d feel like heaven. Haha!
Anything’s possible with analogue cameras. For one thing, modding your cameras can enhance your photos (or not, be careful on modding) and add features to your camera. Masks are always fun, and so are color filters
And with that enthusiasm, my Fisheye and I met new friends:
- An UWS camera (undergone minor brain tweaks for MX haha! And a close friend (Photos 1 – 9)
- A Recesky TLR (We only hang-out occasionally, it’s a long-distance relationship (Photos 11 and 12)
- A Yashica Electro 35 GSN (We’re still not that close since he hasn’t given his “focus” to our friendship yet (get it, get it?), but it’s working, for now (Photos 13 – 15)
I also found two long-lost friends, they were in tip top shape!
- Kodak KB-10 (One of my first friends who was sent away) (Photos 1 – 4)
- Canon EOS Rebel K2 (An old acquaintance of my sister’s who was also sent away, another close friend of mine) (Photos 5 – 14)
I shoot anything that I think is a photo worth taking. I’m not afraid of making mistakes, I trust my instincts and learn from my past mistakes. I think I’ve also learned a lot from my cameras and I’ve become better at this via experience and via one of my homes, Lomography.com.
One of the most important values that this hobby has taught me is to appreciate the small things, even the most ordinary objects or sceneries can make stunning photos. How about you, what have you learned from Lomography?
Stay tuned for our Manila Cityslickers’ analogue adventures as they roam their cities with their film ammunition!