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On the wings of her lens


By Arlene Donaire

‘It is a great feeling to be able to express yourself, in a style of your own, with messages that have impact.’- Little Wing Luna

It is photography itself, the act of visually telling stories, that attracted Little Wing Luna to the field. A professional shooter and currently working on documentation assignments for a government agency, Wing’s interest in photography started at a very young age.

“I preferred illustrated books and I would always scan magazines from end to end for nice visuals, before I would even start reading,” recalls Wing on her early fascination for pictures. She vividly muses how, when she was young, each time they had their their family pics taken, she would insist on shooting them even if it meant she wouldn’t be in the picture.

While she started out shooting landscapes, with her first Olympus DSLR, Wing considers street and documentary as her favorite genres. She asmits being passionate about subjects that deal with real people on the streets. Her first exhibit in 2013 at the vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery in Quezon City, together with fellow artist and friend Jo A. titled “Chasing the Quotidian,” was an expression of their strong feminine perspectives, a must in the male-dominated photojournalism and commercial photography professions.  Her first solo exhibit, called “If you see something, say something” held in Manila last January, is a compelling montage of black-and- white images shot during a trip to the big apple, New York City.

  • Shutterbag in New York (Little Wing Luna)

  • Another face of NYC (Little Wing Luna)

  • In flight (Little Wing Luna)

  • Sweep Me Off My Feet (Little Wing Luna)

  • An Inked Woman in Buscalan (Little Wing Luna)

  • Heavy Load (Little Wing Luna)

  • Tsubibo Series (Little Wing Luna)

  • Wigs of New York (Little Wing Luna)

  • The Blushing Entourage with the Bride (Little Wing Luna)

  • The Stop Sign at the Fuller Building (Little Wing Luna)

  • Inalyn, the beautiful child (Little Wing Luna)

  • C130 Flight from Tacloban (Little Wing Luna)

  • Waiting to be worn (Little Wing Luna)

  • The Trip to Heaven (Little Wing Luna)

  • Drum Man Series (Little Wing Luna)

  • If you see Something, Say Something (Little Wing Luna)

    An effective photograph for her is one which engages the audience—conveys a message, asks questions, serves its purpose or even simply makes someone smile. Because of these meaningful qualities of photography, She says it is a passion that she would want to do above all. Luckily for her now, she is gainfully employed in a job that allows her to express this passion on a daily basis. She is loving what she is doing and therefore believes she is right where she belongs.

    Wing is an alumna of workshops on street and documentary photography from locally renowned masters including Luis Liwanag and Alex Baluyut. Under their tutelage, she literally spread her wings, transitioning from her days of landscape and casual photography into her current interests. She is a member of the Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines, Inc. and Tala Photo Collective. As a visual artist, she considers her first prize win in the Digiprint Online contest as one of her most signficant achievements to date, on top of her three exhibits.

    “Today I can show the world what I shoot, what I love doing. It is a great feeling to be able to express yourself, in a style of your own, with messages that have impact. My ultimate goal is to never stop shooting and learning.”

    Wing is currently creating a few personal photo projects, including some series called “Off to work,” “WW or While working,” and “Trip,” which are visual diaries of sorts, set in the backdrop of her life.

    “I really don’t limit myself in photography; I shoot anything and everything; I experiment with my style, angles, and perspectives. For me photography must be free from all limitations, be spontaneous and unexpected,” Wing concludes.

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