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By Carlos Dela Pasion

‘I tend to present a scene as empty or devoid of people and try as much as I can to make myself or the viewer feel how it’s like to be alone in that place. It’s as if I am taking the viewer to that very place through my photos—with no distractions, just me, the viewer, and the scene in front of me.’ — Jeremy Sandel

Photography may have lost most of its magical mystery with the demise of spontaneity and the element of surprise involved in shooting in analog and film. However, long exposure photography has continued to create some amazing results that stun, disarm, and lend sophistication despite the instant gratification that has become the norm in digital photography and LCD screen viewing.

Jeremy “Jer” Sandel, is a skillful lensman who is keen at waiting for what he sees as would-be perfect conditions for a spectacular long-exposure photograph. His method is about illumination and that surreal feel which delivers an image that is nothing short of phenomenal.

  • Malolos, Bulacan (Jeremy Sandel)

  • BGC, Taguig (Jeremy Sandel)

  • The other side of Bangui Windmills in Ilocos (Jeremy Sandel)

  • Yosemite National Park, California, USA (Jeremy Sandel)

  • Overlooking Baler, Aurora (Jeremy Sandel)

  • Acuatico Resort, Batanga (Jeremy Sandel)

  • Brgy. Kapitangan, Paombong, Bulacan (Jeremy Sandel)

  • Batanes (Jeremy Sandel)

  • Sunrise in Valugan Beach, Batanes (Jeremy Sandel)

  • Marina Bay, Singapore (Jeremy Sandel)

  • Masskara Festival,Bacolod (Jeremy Sandel)

  • Shooting fireworks (Jeremy Sandel)

  • Breitling Jet Team , Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (Clark, Pampanga/ Jeremy Sandel)

  • Sabtang Island, Batanes (Jeremy Sandel)

    “There’s something remarkable about long exposures. Perhaps, it’s the development of compressing time into an image that excites me. You could show motion and the passing of time or use the long exposure to calm the elements. In doing so, you can either make a still photo more ‘still’ or show dynamism,” Jer enthused.

    Jer, who hails from Pandi, Bulacan, recalls his fascination with photographs as a child who loved consuming visuals from Reader’s Digest as much as reading its articles. He knew then how each photo seemed to tell its own story as he imagined himself being in such particular scene. Eventually, Jer’s first camera not only opened doors to acquire and upgrade excitedly, but also shaped his inherent interest to pursue photography creatively.

    “My first camera was a tiny, two-megapixel Sony Cybershot U-20 back in 2003. Nothing too serious about it but I remember to always have it with me during my travels and I loved documenting my trips with it. When I finally got my first DSLR, a Canon 350D back in 2006, the problem was I didn’t really know how to use it. It was only two years later that I got curious as to why are some lenses more expensive than others. I started to dig information on the Internet, and then enrolled at a basic photography workshop. It all started from there—a curiosity about lenses. It led me to research, knowing about aperture, shutterspeed, ISO, and then a lot of workshops. And, before I knew it, I was addicted to learning photography. Today, after eight years of shooting and countless memorable experiences, I’m still craving to learn,” Jer shared.

    His portfolio is truly powerful and indescribable. It piques your interest and then takes you to an awe-inspiring visual apex. To him, it’s about the elusive yet effective mood. “From the way the photo is taken, what details are to be underlined, the composition, processing, and presentation; if all these are done effectively, then the photographer is able to relate mood in the best and most effective means visually.”

    “I tend to present a scene as empty or devoid of people and try as much as I can to make myself or the viewer feel how it’s like to be alone in that place. It’s as if I am taking the viewer to that very place through my photos—with no distractions, just me, the viewer, and the scene in front of me. Sometimes when I’m out shooting, I take a break, sit down, and just gaze at the beauty of my subject. Then, I try and figure out how to bring that emotion to the viewer. It sounds a bit dramatic, but it’s true,” Jer added.

    As Jer builds his artwork and fulfills his creative journey, he is ultimately pleased to exalt photographyfervently. He is a proud member and co-founder of Focus Bulacan, the largest photography organization in the province. The club aims to extend its network as it meets other photography clubs under the helm of the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation and its PhotoWorld Cup events.

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