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Humanism in photos


By Raffy Paredes

The Eye of Photography website ( is asking photographers from all over to send in their photos of tolerance. Titled “Stand Together,” the project hopes to promote “positive humanism images.” Website admin Jean-Jacques Naudet relates that the project was inspired by a letter from humanist photographer Jacques Revon who wrote in an email, “Wouldn’t it be possible to ask in one of your upcoming posts that photographers submit images which would offer a humanist perspective on their everyday lives and which would show that people are meant to live together, rather than shut out the world around them?” As Naudet notes, Revon’s request comes “at a time when intolerance, insolence, and fear of the other seem to triumph aroundus.” The site invites “all photographrs, amateurs, and professionals alike, good and bad, non-photographers, too, fat and slim, short and tall, black, yellow, white, and redskinned, homosexual,  heterosexual, and transsexual, ugly and beautiful, young and old, rich and poor, conformists and outsiders, anyone and everyone who believes, like Jacques Revon, that to meet people who are different is an opportunity, we invite them to send us photographs representing humanism, understanding, and generosity, whatever the epoch, geographical location, technique,colors, or subjects.”

  • Freedom Island, Parañaque (Reymart Sefuentes)

  • Untitled (Gerry C. Ele )

  • Friendship (Arnil Lim)

  • Untitled (Gerry C. Ele )

  • The Bangka (Brenda Arcenas)

  • Las Casas Stars (Kim Maynard Go)

  • Harbor (Arellano Galdo III)

  • Here I Come (Hernan N. Malapo)

  • Untitled (Aldrin Gersalia)

  • First Summer (Adam Bejar)

    Lens Culture ( has made available for free download “Wear Good Shoes: Inspiring Advice from Magnum Photographers,” a 60-page PDF filled with excellent tips, advice, and words of wisdom from the photographers at Magnum, as well as many of their iconic images. It is a great resource for anyone who wants to make better pictures. The free guide is in celebration of Magnum Photos’ 70 years of contribution to photography and world history. “Inside you will find an expansive collection of tips and advice from a selection of Magnum photographers, ranging from learning your craft, to finding your vision, voice and passion, taking risks, and being consistent in working towards your goals,” states Shannon Ghannam, global education manager of Magnum Photos.

    Readers looking for a printable PDF shutter speed chart can download one from (PetaPixel).

    And now to our featured readers.

    Adam Bejar shares a monochrome photo of his daughter that he titled “First Summer.” His description reads: “First time of my little Kara to play under the sun and in the sand at the Laiya Beach in Batangas.”

    From Gerry Ele is a portrait of Novellene Tome who Gerry describes as “a simple beauty of a young Pinay lady.”

    Hong Kong OFW and photo hobbyist Brenda Arcenas sent in “The Bangka.” She writes that the photo “was taken during our trip in one of the villages here in Hong Kong.They used this as a source of transportation to cross since the bridge was broken.”

    The nature photo “Here I Come” comes from Hernan Malapo, a public school teacher and a photography hobbyist. He took the photo in their school garden early one morning while waiting for his students to arrive.

    Aldrin Gersalia relates that his untitled photo of a mountain trekker was taken during a Hike for a Cause. He joined the hike up Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet to support a child afflicted with biliary atresia. “Actually, it was my first time to hike a mountain and walk straight for nine hours,” shares Aldrin.

    About his untitled street photo, George Salvador Laguing writes: “This is a typical sight on the streets of an ancient town in Hoi An, Central Vietnam. The town has old Chinese temples, Japanese-designed bridges, French colonial houses, shops, canals, and pagodas. Tradition is still very much alive in the old town, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1999.”

    Arnil Lim submitted the photo titled “Friendship” with the tagline “Nothing compares to the stomach ache you get from laughing with your best friends.”

    From Reymart Sefuentes is the nature sunset photo, “Freedom Island, Parañaque.”

    Arellano Galdo III contributed the photo “Harbor.”

    And Kim Maynard Go sent in “Las Casas Stars.”

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    • ken

      thank you, PicturePerfect!