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Chicken Hands


By Raffy Paredes

The photo exhibit Chicken Hands by Ryan Arbilo opens today at the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza in Makati. Chicken Hands highlights the black-and-white images of Paris-based photographer Ryan Arbilo. Since 2009, Arbilo has been photographing Filipino housemaids who have been working in France for many years. These women use their hands as their only tool. Hands which, damaged by housework, look like chicken feet. The housemaids’ faces are also marked by the hardships they endure, living in a country where they are unfamiliar with the language and customs. Arbilo’s aim is to “give expression to their silence, their fatigue, and their solitude through their sole means of survival: their hands.” The photo exhibit will be on view until June 17. Chicken Hands was previously exhibited at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, in October 2016.

  • Catching a Little Sunshine (Nathalie Hayag)

  • Untitled (Daryl B. Bronzal)

  • Sunset at San Roque (Keisha Elezze C. Batalon)

  • Untitled (Vinod Thomas)

  • Silhouette Fishermen (Annaly Cuizon)

  • Taho sa Mainit na Tanghali (Rye de Jesus)

  • Untitled (Rene Bernal)

  • Chinese Chess (Mark Anthony P. Lim)

  • Remembrance (Andrea Faye Dizon)

  • The Port of Lupon (Ramil Gregorio)

    If you are enticed by the clear summer nights to try landscape astrophotography or “nightscape photography,” the site is a good resource for tutorials, tools, gear, and inspiration. For newbies, the site offers a downloadable and printable Free Nightscapes Quick Guide to Astrophotography by Ian Norman.

    The Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is less than two weeks away on April 30. You still have time to make your own pinhole camera and take a photo with your lensless camera for posting on The WPPD is an international event created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography. Pinhole photography allows you to make a photograph that requires only a light-tight container (box, can, etc.) with a tiny hole in one side (as a camera) and any photo-sensitive surface in it. You can adapt an existing camera, or make the camera yourself. The experience of image-making becomes a little more special when created with your own hand-made camera. Visit the support page at for a wealth of information on pinhole photography.

    And now to our featured readers with three new contributors to the column.

    Keisha Elezze Batalon, a registered medical technologist working at the Rural Health Unit in Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte sent in the photo titled “Sunset at San Roque.” “I started to love photography after I graduated college way back in 2014 when I already had my own money to support my passion,” she shares.

    From Rye de Jesus, a trainer at a BPO company in Quezon City is the photo, “Taho sa Mainit na Tanghali,” taken with a smartphone during a photowalk last April 8 in Binondo, Manila. Rye is part of the Manila Mobile Shutterbugs whose members share an interest in mobile photography.

    Also sharing for the first time is Daryl Bronzal from Lopez, Quezon with his untitled photo of an orchid taken with a smartphone. Daryl writes that aside from friends who taught and encouraged him to shoot, he also joined mobile photography groups.

    Other photos on today’s page come from previously featured readers, some of whom regularly send photos for the column.

    Andrea Faye Dizon shares the photo of sneakers hanging from electric wires titled “Remembrance.” She took the photo along 9th Ave. in Cubao, Q.C.

    The photo “Silhouette Fishermen” comes from Annaly Cuizon. Writes Annaly: “Most of the people’s livelihood in our town in Argao, Cebu is fishing. Every morning, I saw them helping each other to carry their boat in the ocean. It also showed the beautiful sunrise that always gives us inspiration and motivation to start our morning right. As a photographer who loves to take a photo especially of nature, it always motivates me to shoot the beautiful sunrise in the morning.”

    Mark Anthony Lim submitted “Chinese Chess.” “This photo was taken during my photowalk last Chinese New Year just behind the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown, Singapore,” he writes. “As the game heated up, the crowd also became bigger during their Chinese chess board game.”

    Nathalie Hayag sent in a black-and-white portrait of a baby titled “Catching a Little Sunshine.”

    Ramil Gregorio’s “Port of Lupon” photo shows a bird’s eye view of his hometown. “It is 130 km. east of Davao City and located within Davao Gulf,” shares Ramil.“It’s a first class municipality in Davao Oriental with abundant marine resources.The Port of Lupon is being considered as an alternate port and a potential engine of economic growth.”

    Rene Bernal has an untitled silhouette of a biker in black and white. And from Vinod Thomas is a sunset photo of a walkway by the sea in Singapore.

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