Once a cemetery, it has since been converted to one of the nicer and historically significant parks in Manila.
I used to watch a TV show where various classical and contemporary musicians would come together and play under a canopy of trees inside a public park. I used to think how wonderful it must have been to be able to play at such a nice place. I would later learn that the site was called Paco Park. Established during the Spanish Occupation, it was built as a cemetery for Aristocratic families. As the population of Manila boomed they found the need to expand the cemetery laid out in a circle. When viewed from the sky, what you would see are two circles on top of each other.
During the Japanese occupation, the Cemetery was converted into a munitions depot. It’s shape giving the advantage to sentries who would be on the look out for guerrillas trying to compromise the fortress. The place was run down after the war but fortunately it was rebuilt and restored and soon became a favorite spot of the Marcoses to hold evening galas and cultural performances. There are still monthly shows and performances done by classical musicians, if you’re lucky, you might chance upon a performance or a marriage ceremony.
That’s the only time the park opens during evenings. You see there’s a chapel in the middle of the park and before you think that we get of on getting married in cemeteries I should tell you that all remains were exhumed an moved to a different location when the site was renovated back in the 60’s. Usually operation hours are from 8am to 4pm. Curiously there is a flock of mostly white pigeons that have resided in the park. I imagine they were released at the end of weddings but soon decided to just stay in the park where trees are abundant and they can mooch of the tourists.
American photographer Gordon Parks documented one of the most significant points of American history and has chronicled the fight for equal rights of African-Americans. making his lifework one of the most important collections to this day.
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Since Alive was founded in 2010 with one mission: to uphold film photography despite the steadily increasing popularity of digital imaging. It aims to provide guidance and information to analogue photography enthusiasts through its website, which has become a platform for showcasing the creativity and techniques of its followers. Since live has also ventured into developing products to bolster the practice of analogue photography and its Bento Film Case has proven to be very useful. Lomography talks to Since Alive’s Wind Hui and designer Stephanie Ho, co-collaborators for Since Alive’s Bento Film Case.
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We're grateful for the overwhelming support from all our KickStarter backers. For those who were late to the party, we're happy to let you know that the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens is now available for pre-order in the shop! Estimated delivery date slated for January 2017!
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We're thrilled to present our new Kickstarter project—the New Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens! Inspired by the bold brass design of the world's first photographic optic, the Daguerreotype Achromat Art Lens is a versatile tool seeking the great return of dreamy imagery.
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It had been five years since my last visit to the Côte d'Azur in France. During this period, I took to film photography again. And so for my return, I was looking forward to capturing, with my handy film cameras, some of that special light and blue sea that had drawn so many artists to the Riviera.
Ever since photography has been invented in the early 19th century, people had themselves being photographed. However, in times of smartphone cameras, selfies and social media, recording our daily life in pictures has become a Leitmotiv, a metaphor for a restless society. In her latest solo exhibition, Estonian fine art photographer Sohvi Viik questions the necessity of modern photography.