Art lies in the heart of every city! And for our Manila CitySlickers’ second task, we asked them to roam around their analogue cities and know more about its artistic side. Let’s take a look at what Leslie has to share with us after the stop.
Name: Leslie Lipa
City: Pasig, Philippines
Occupation: Finance Associate
I’ve always had a particular fondness for graffiti. It’s art — raw and full of expression and individuality. For some reason, I admire doodles and scribbles, the way things collide in a mishmash of tangled beauty. It’s wonderful how distinct things can blend, how things make sense in the end.
On my side of town, there is not much of this going around and so when I saw this dolphin graffiti along Pasig’s main roads, I knew there was something right in the world. I immediately loved it. I would always marvel at it because it’s full of color and painted with just the right amount of detail. The murals were suddenly just there one day. The dolphins were all over three separate surfaces so I’ve always wondered how long it took to finish. See them through my Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim and Lomography X-Pro Slide 200:
Upon research, I found out about the talent and brain behind the dolphin murals all over the metro. AG Sano was inspired to paint 23,000 images of dolphins as a reaction to “The Cove,” a film documentary on the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Along with other volunteers, he’s been conquering wall after wall, bringing both charm and knowledge to the city. See more of the dolphin murals here.
“The Cove exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises off the coast of Japan every year, and how their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is sold as food in Japan and other parts of Asia, often labeled as whale meat. The majority of the world is not aware this is happening.” To find out more about this issue, you may visit TakePart.com.
The concern is not only with the dolphin slaughter but also with the danger of mercury-contaminated seafood. We are losing so much of the world, but we are grateful for art, for people, for those who inspire change and for those who remind us to look closer and think.
How can something beautiful not get your attention? Once it snaps you into focus, you find meaning. On dull concrete, there is a burst of color. The city comes alive, and the people start to move.
Stay tuned for our Manila Cityslickers’ analogue adventures as they roam their cities with their film ammunition!