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By Raffy Paredes

An online catalogue for 25,000 photos by the 19th century photography pioneer Henry Fox Talbot has been made available by Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. William Henry Fox Talbot’s influence on photography was immense, from his introduction of the negative in 1839, allowing multiple prints of the same image, to his invention of a salted paper process. The Bodleian stated in a release that although catalogues raisonnés are “common in art history, nothing of this scale has been attempted for photography — it is a record of both the invention of an art and of the art of invention” (Hyperallergic.com).

The World Press Photo Foundation has come up with The State of News Photography 2016, the second annual report on photojournalists’ attitude toward work, technology, and life in the digital age.  This is a good read for those interested in the photojournalism industry. Key findings include: 91 percent of respondents reported that they faced physical risks at work; fewer respondents are working full-time as photographers;less than half of the respondents get all their income from photography;photojournalists are increasingly being asked to shoot video; and photojournalists are diversifying their income and relying less heavily only on photography. Download the report for free at www.worldpressphoto.org.

  • Backflip Boys (Philip Am A. Guay)

  • Kayangan Lake in Coron (Liza Hechanova)

  • Untitled (Jobert Zyrus V. Cadiente)

  • The Best Time of Our Lives (Rustan D. Sagun)

  • Untitled (Princess Dianne Salapante)

  • Guimaras (Rene Sellado)

  • Solitude (Joan Pabona)

  • Chinese New Year in Motion (Karl Davin Hui).

  • Untitled (Hernan Nuñez Malapo)

  • Untitled (Minette Viray)

    Magnum Photos recently shared five Instagram lessons from three Magnum photographers.  David Alan Harvey, Christopher Anderson, and Matt Stuart gave their views on using Instagram, the ubiquitous social media app that has far reaching implications for photographers. The lessons, in compressed form are: a) You can be more experimental and true to yourself in the work you publish; b) Instagram allows for more personal and private moments to be shared. For professional photographers, this becomes a balancing act between providing glimpses into their lives and maintaining their professional brand; c) Treat Instagram like your personal sketchbook but one in which images are viewed publicly; d) Having an audience viewing and engaging with your work means you are in direct contact with potential customers who may be willing to buy your product; e) Recognize the opportunities that technology can afford and the future possibilities this holds for photographers. Read the full article at www.magnumphotos.com.

    And now to our featured readers, six of whom are new contributors.

    Princess Dianne Salapante, currently working as a guest services executive in a hotel in Subic Bay shares an untitled photo of a couple of mountain trekkers. “I started enjoying photography when my boyfriend and I went to El Nido, Palawan in 2015,” writes Yan. “I just can’t get enough of its beauty. It’s like everything is picture perfect. I fell inlove with the place and through photography it preserves the beauty that caught me.”

    From Jobert Zyrus Cadiente, a junior accountancy student of Saint Mary’s University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya is a black-and-white portrait photo. He shares: “I started loving photography since I was a member of my high school paper. Since then I started capturing photos of nature—sunrise/sunset, plants, and scenic views. But when I entered college, I felt the emotion of picturing people through black-and-white photos and so I really dealt myself into it.”

    Minette Viray, a registered radiologic technologist sent in the untitled photo of a couple of early morning joggers on a rural road. “Every day sa work puro buto at iba’t-ibang parts ng body ang kinukunan kong radiograph,” shares Minette. “Araw-araw din ako humahawak ng film ng X-ray and CT scan. Kumukuha ako ng pictures every time I jog. Matagal ko nang gusto ang photography, sayang nga lang nabura ang ibang photos ko kasi wala raw akong makukuha sa pagkuha ng pictures. Nag-stop ako kumuha before, since passion ko talaga at wala na akong pakialam sa sinasabi ng iba at nakita ko ang section nyo sa Manila Bulletin, I guess itutuloy-tuloy ko uli pagkuha.”

    Hernan Nuñez Malapo, a public school teacher from Iriga City, Camarines Sur contributed the untitled photo of a boy reading a book. “I took the picture inside my class while waiting for the flag retreat,” explains Hernan. “One of my pupils took a book and opened it on the floor while the afternoon light passed though the wooden window blades.” Hernan shares that he has been shooting for 10 years now. “This hobby has got me into developing sensitivity in anything and everything I get into,” he shares. “I had developed in myself the ability to observe and see details I come across daily.Photography for me is seeing ordinary things in the extraordinary way and capturing it to document things that shall never happen again.”

    Philip Am Guay writes that his photo titled, “Backflip Boys” earned honorable mention in the 6th Annual Mobile Photography Awards (People Category). The photo was taken in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental. Philip is currently working as operations supervisor (Mall Operations) at SM City Cebu. “I started enjoying photography when I bought my DSLR way back 2014; since last year, I am more into mobile photography,” he shares.

    Rene Sellado, an OFW in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1993 submitted the silhouette sunset photo, “Guimaras.” Rene writes that he got into photography as a hobby out of boredom working in Saudi Arabia. “I joined contests by submitting entries to national dailies.  For several occasions, my entries got selected for a prize.” He also shares the limitations of shooting in KSA. “Photography and its practice is a great challenge here as it’s considered a taboo doing it in public.  I and my two friends got apprehended five years ago in a public park, though at first we obtained verbal approval to shoot from a guard on duty.  When we were packing up to leave the place, a police car passed by and we were brought to a police station, got interrogated, photos reviewed, and cameras confiscated.  We were able to retract our cameras two days later.”

    Other photos on today’s page come from previously featured readers.

    Hong Kong-based OFW and photographer Joan Pabona writes about her photo titled “Solitude.” “This was taken in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong about a girl sitting down on a bench and playing with her phone. A minimalism type of photography, what caught my attention was the light passing through the woman that gave a dramatic effect on a composition—the way the light was beautifully graduated around the surface of the floor. I’m thinking that could be a pretty cool black background contrast to the light.  I realize how ordinary it is to love the beautiful even in simple things and how beautiful it is to love the ordinary in a simple way by capturing this photo.”

    The photo titled “Kayangan Lake in Coron” comes from Liza Hechanova. Rustan Sagun sent in “The Best Time of Our Lives” shot in Cabangtalan, Sinait, Ilocos Sur. And from multimedia artist Karl Davin Hui is the photo “Chinese New Year in Motion.”

    Readers may now view issues of Picture Perfect including this column at www.mb.com.ph. For comments, suggestions or just to share an image or idea, email throughalensclearly@yahoo.com or rfyparedes@yahoo.com.

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