Almost a century ago arrested criminals already had to pose before cameras for their mugshots. Surprisingly, I've found out that their mugshots were quite cool analogue portraits as opposed to the present-day beware-of-this-bad-guy kind of portraiture. Their names, vital stats, signature, date and prison where admitted were sometimes written in cursive style on glass plates. I guess these plates were used as filters so upon taking their photos their mugshots had these information about them. And they had close-ups and full-body shots in more or less glamor poses - complete with dresses for the women and suits for men and more often than not, smiles on their faces. To infuse my images of these cool mugshots with elements of crime, I doubled them with broken dolls, mannequins and other things I would symbolically associate with crime. Then as a third layer for the triples I took random street vignettes as I was riding the van from Cotabato City to Midsayap for a workshop on children's rights to Muslim and Christian children of two barangays (villages) in Aleosan. After my penchant for chemical experiments with my films, I noticed I'm in the mood for shooting triples these days - and loving it a lot! This set is the first of two albums.
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