By Macel Feliciano
‘Photography for me is a life story frozen in time. It is an experience, an emotion, a place that you capture so that you can relive, and keep, and share it for all time.’ – Cris Magsino
“Stunning.”“Great catch.”“Insane colors.” These are some of the comments Christopher Magsino or Cris is showered with on social media. A peek at his online pages reveals a gallery of breathtaking landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes. Each one perfectly timed and wonderfuly lit. Each one a visual masterpiece.
Cris is a family man who loves to drag his wife and willing model, Emilie, all over the world. His love for nature is apparent in the distinctive way he captures the splendor of creation. He not only presents the natural beauty of his subjects, but also he conveys his feelings for that locale. He turns mundane moments into magical slices of life.
Vista Residences (Cris Magsino)
Three Clowns (Cris Magsino)
Trillion Star Hotel (Cris Magsino)
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (Cris Magsino)
Baguio Panorama (Cris Magsino)
Camella (Cris Magsino)
Colors of Nature (Cris Magsino)
Live on the Edge (Cris Magsino)
Fushimi Inari Shrine (Cris Magsino)
Star Guide (Cris Magsino)
Toronto Light Show (Cris Magsino)
His journey into photography started as a Fine Arts student majoring in painting at the University of Sto. Tomas. He taught himself the basics of film photography through books and magazines.This was cut short due to the high cost of film. With the introduction of digital cameras, he was able to resume his passion. It helped him immensely to visualize his concepts while working as a graphics artist.
Friends and followers are not the only ones who’ve taken notice of his unique take on the beauty that surrounds us. Recently, one of his snaps has been chosen as “Photo of the Week” in this section.
Local and foreign online photography sites have also recognized his images. It seems like not a week passes when one of his photos is featured online. One haseven been included in the top 50 photos among 2,000 entries from all over the globe.
Amidst high praise from his followers, friends, and other photographers, Cris humbly appreciates all the attention he receives. “Being recognized among the multitude of amazing Filipino shooters and being featured here in Picture Perfect is the biggest achievement of my career as a photographer. This gives me some kind of validation that my shots have somehow touched and communicated themselves effectively,” he acknowledges.
As a self-described visual storyteller, Cristreats his images as works of art. “An effective photograph for me should tell a story. It has to communicate with the viewer. It has to make you think and interpret the message it gives that best touches you, like a painting,” he enthuses.
As a commercial photographer, doing creative work for his diverse clienteleensures that Cris gets to widen his scope. He hasmastered different genres from architecture, corporate stock photos, to food. Though he adjusts his style to each field, his distinctive style still shines through. There is a brilliance and dynamism to his images. The viewer gets a sense of joy and delight in every picture. “I like the colors to pop. I love my images vibrant and happy,” is how he simply describes it.
With decades as professional photographer, he shares this advice to beginners: “You have to have quick fingers and eagle eyes partnered with a keen observation of light and shadow. You have to learn to anticipate and be patient. Just always be ready. You never know the next iconic shot could be just around the corner.”
Still, he dreams of joining the ranks of the country’s master photographers—the likes of Tysmans and Tapans. But he knows that “there are still a lot of things for me to learn and improve on. I firmly believe that we should not stop learning. The industry and the craft evolves so fast that it will catch you off-guard if you become complacent.”
When asked about his deepest views on photography, Cris shares: “Photography for me is a life story frozen in time. It is an experience, an emotion, a place that you capture so that you can relive, and keep, and share it for all time.”